Latest Parasitic plant Stories
Dodder vines are parasitic plants that suck water, nutrients and information from other plants as they spread over them.
New research published today in BioMed Central's open access journal BMC Genomics reveals that the Malaysian parasitic plant Rafflesia cantleyi, with its 50cm diameter flowers, has 'stolen' genes from its host Tetrastigma rafflesiae.
Conservationists said that mistletoe could vanish from British halls and doorways within the next 20 years.
The parasitic dodder plant doesn't have a nose, but it knows how to sniff out its prey. The dodder attacks plants, and is a problem for farmers because chemicals that kill the pesky weed also damage the crops it feeds on.
Yellow Rattle (Rhinanthus minor) is a flowering plant of the genus Rhinanthus in the family Scrophulariaceae. This is a semi-parasitic plant that gains some of its nutrients from the roots of neighboring plants. The name refers to the seedpods, which contain loose, rattling seeds when ripe.
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