saprophytic

ADJECTIVE
  1. obtaining food osmotically from dissolved organic material
  2. (of some plants or fungi) feeding on dead or decaying organic matter
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  • Saprophytic bacteria can readily make their way down the dead hypha of an invading fungus, or into the punctures made by insects, and Aphides have been credited with the bacterial infection of carnations, though more recent researches by Woods go to show the correctness of his conclusion that Aphides alone are responsible for the carnation disease. Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 2 "Baconthorpe" to "Bankruptcy"
  • Forget-me-nots bloom in the spring, along with strawberries and iris, and you may even see a few striking red spotted coralroots, a saprophytic orchid.
  • Saprophytic fungal infestation is the finding of fungal spores on mucous crusts of respiratory passages.
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