noun Botany.

a plant that secures its nutrition directly or indirectly from other organisms; a parasite or saprophyte.

Compare autophyte.

Origin of heterophyte

Related formshet·er·o·phyt·ic [het-er-uh-fit-ik] /ˌhɛt ər əˈfɪt ɪk/, adjective
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heterophyte in Science



A plant that obtains its nourishment from other living or dead organisms. For example, Indian pipe is a pale white plant without chlorophyll that obtains its nutrition from fungal symbionts. See also heterotroph.
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