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A low-growing perennial plant whose dormant overwintering buds are borne at or just above the surface of the ground.

[Greek khamai, on the ground; see dhghem- in Indo-European roots + -phyte.]


(Botany) a plant whose buds are close to the ground
[C20: from Greek khamai on the ground + -phyte]


(ˈkæm əˌfaɪt)

a plant having buds near ground level.
[1910–15; < Greek chamaí on the ground + -phyte]
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Life form: Cha = Chamaephyte, Cry = Cryptophyte, Hem = Hemicryptophyte, Hy = Hydrophytes.
Growth form (erect, semi-erect, or prostrate) and life form (trees, phanerophyte, chamaephyte, annual shrubs, perennial forbs, perennial grasses, biennial forbs, therophyte, or climbers) were assigned following Ali and Jari [1] and Sankary[26].
It is known as the desert cotton; this tropical chamaephyte (semi shrub) is native to Northern Africa to South Western regions of Asia and is being introduced as alien plant to Australia.
Origanum ramonense is a low chamaephyte that is confined to smooth limestone rocks in the Negev Highlands.
Arenaria cumberlandensis Wofford & Kral [Minuartia cumberlandensis (Wofford & Kral) McNeill (McNeill, 1980; Wofford, 1981)], is a passive chamaephyte (cf.
Hemicryptophytes life form, of temperate regions, Therophytes index arid areas and mountainous areas is Chamaephytes index.
Life form analysis of these two sites indicated the presence of therophytes (Th), chamaephytes (Ch), hemicryptophytes (H), geophytes (G) and phenerophytes (Ph).