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Small genus with less than 10 species of parasitic perennials which lack roots and chlorophyll. These are classified as holoparasitic plants as they thus derive all of their water and nutrient, particularly carbon requirements from other living plants. They do not photosynthesise, instead depending entirely on their host plant. They are therefore not usually green in colour, possessing thick, fleshy stems and foliage reduced to alternating or spiralling, colourful scales. Some species in this genus are monoecious and thus produce male and female flowers on the same plant. However this genus also includes dioecious species, these produce male and female flowers on individual plants. These plants have red, yellow, orange or white colourations.