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Colonizing or thriving in areas that have been disturbed, as by fire or cultivation.
A species, especially a plant, that colonizes or thrives in disturbed areas.

[New Latin rūderālis, from Latin rūdus, rūder-, rubbish.]


(Botany) a plant that grows on waste ground
(Botany) growing in waste places
[C19: from New Latin rūderālis, from Latin rūdus rubble]


(ˈru dər əl)
1. (of a plant) growing in waste places, along roadsides, or in rubbish.
2. a ruderal plant.
[1855–60; < New Latin rūderālis < Latin rūder- (s. of rūdus broken stone, rubble]
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The term ruderal (applied both to plants and their habitat) means growing in waste places or rubbish, and is descriptive of the habitat of perhaps the majority of weeds.
Scope of work is given the standard instruction for maintenance of greenery and includes the areas of maintenance of the biological elements, and this solitary shrub vegetation elements, surfaces shrubs, hedges, maintenance popE[degrees]navek, rosaries annuals and perennials, ruderal areas and wilderness communities and lawn maintenance meadow and park.
Two of the three selected species [Macrothelypteris torresiana and Thelypteris dentata) belong to the 22 species introduced into Mexico (Tejero-Diez and Torres-Diaz, 2012), and both are weedy and more abundant in ruderal habitats than the native species (Blechnum appendiculatum).
Alder forest stand comprises elm, aspen, birch, and the ground cover is represented by both hygrophilous and nemoral species, the species of ruderal flora also becomes widespread, coming to the reserve along floodplains with the river runoff.
We have already spotted other very rare species in the area, including the ruderal bumblebee and the redshanked carder bee.
The maintenance of low pine accumulation fates from AD 750 onwards seems to be related to the maintenance of local open grasslands for pasture, as attested by the increase of dung-related fungal spores and of nitrophilous and ruderal taxa (Figure 6), rather than the continuity of resin extraction in the area (Ejarque 2009).
were also the most frequent in greenhouse peat blocks, but these often included several ruderal or forest species absent in the peatlands or even in their neighbouring forests, e.
The earliest successional species were common ruderal annuals (especially non-native species) followed by perennials, Solidago altissima and Symphyotrichum pilosum.
6407 (CAM23): Liongo-Muea (between Buea and Kumba), banana plantation, humid ruderal vegetation along a small river over volcanic lava; Prov.
Habitat types characterized here are the following* sandbars along Big Creek, Nyssa biflora swamps, marshes, mixed hardwoods on natural levee and ridge bottom of Big Creek, bay swamps, shrub bogs, sandy seepage areas with Sphagnum, springs, upland mixed pine-hardwoods, open sandy uplands, and ruderal areas such as roadside embankments and powerline rights-of-way.
The German botanist, Johann Siegesbeck, referred to Linnaeus' work as 'lothesome harlotry', though Linnaeus, believing in revenge as a dish best served well and truly chilled, retorted with taxonomic vengeance, naming a small and insignificant little ruderal plant (Siegesbeckia) after his accuser.
The Koenig farm was surrounded by low-density homesites and ruderal areas within remnants of upland hardwood forest/mixed woodland.