Photosynthesis is one of the hallmarks of plant life and is the most fundamental biochemical process on Earth. A small group of plants has, however, abandoned the typical photosyntheticlife style and lives instead from nutrients they can steal from other plants.
One particularly intriguing example are the parasitic dodders of the genus Cuscuta (see photo above). These plants consist only of curling vines that wrap around the stems of a host plant and they lack proper leaves and roots. After winding, then produce infection organs which replace the absent roots of these plants. With these novel organs (that are called haustoria) they suck up the host plant sap.
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