perthophyte

noun
per·​tho·​phyte | \ˈpərthəˌfīt\
plural -s

Definition of perthophyte 

: a plant (as a fungus) that lives on dead or decaying tissue forming part of a living plant — compare saprophyte

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History and Etymology for perthophyte

Greek perthein to destroy + English -o- + -phyte; akin to Latin ferire to strike

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