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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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This shift to the domesticated form of quinoa suggests that across a wide geographical area, from at least Titicaca to the Cuzco region, formal field systems were being constructed and that weeding was one of a number of major new agricultural strategies, hence removing Ambrosia and other ruderals.
pallidicaule (canihua), as well as numerous ruderal varieties.
As regards plant strategy types, generalists (CSR-strategy), stress-tolerant species, and ruderals were dominant in the herbaceous vegetation (Table 2).
The first axis separates native dominant and late seral species plots, at the positive end of the axis, from introduced ruderal species plots at the negative end of the axis and native ruderals at just above zero (Fig.
But the intermediate group, stress-tolerant ruderals (S-R), is represented by Acer campestre, Malus sylvestris, Pyrus communis, Prunus padus, and Prunus avium.
The pollen evidence also has additional clear signs of human activities, such as Artemisia, Chenopodiaceae (goosefoot family), ruderals, Plantago types (plantains), and Juniperus (juniper), suggesting creation of pastures, forest grazing, and onset of the formation of an agrarian landscape at Keava in the Early Pre-Roman Iron Age (Fig.
Among the weeds and ruderal plants several field weeds were observed: corn cockle (Agrostemma githago), Centaurea cyanus, wild turnip (Brassica campestris), foxtail (Setaria sp.