The World of Parasitic Plants

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Most people are all too familiar with the idea of animal parasites, including tape worms, ticks and lice. But did you know that plants can also act as parasites, exploiting resources from unwilling hosts? Rather than being rare anomalies, however, there are over 4000 known species of parasitic plants, with representatives in 19 families of the plant kingdom. This Catalyst article looks at types of parasitic plants and how they derive their nutrients from the root systems of other plants.

This article is from Catalyst: Secondary Science Review 2013, Volume 24, Issue 2.

Catalyst is a science magazine for students aged 14-19 years. Annual subscriptions to print copies of the magazine can be purchased from Mindsets.

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