xerophyte


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xer·o·phyte

 (zîr′ə-fīt′)
n.
A plant adapted to surviving with little water.

xer′o·phyt′ic (-fĭt′ĭk) adj.
xer′o·phyt′i·cal·ly adv.
xer′o·phyt′ism (-fī′tĭz-əm, -fī-tĭz′-) n.

xerophyte

(ˈzɪərəˌfaɪt)
n
(Botany) a xerophilous plant, such as a cactus
xerophytic adj
ˌxeroˈphytically adv
ˈxeroˌphytism n

xe•ro•phyte

(ˈzɪər əˌfaɪt)

n.
a plant adapted for growth under dry conditions.
[1895–1900]
xe`ro•phyt′ic (-ˈfɪt ɪk) adj.
xe`ro•phyt′i•cal•ly, adv.
xe′ro•phyt`ism, n.

xer·o·phyte

(zîr′ə-fīt′)
A plant that grows in an arid habitat; a desert plant. Cacti are xerophytes.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.xerophyte - plant adapted for life with a limited supply of waterxerophyte - plant adapted for life with a limited supply of water; compare hydrophyte and mesophyte
agave, American aloe, century plant - tropical American plants with basal rosettes of fibrous sword-shaped leaves and flowers in tall spikes; some cultivated for ornament or for fiber
tracheophyte, vascular plant - green plant having a vascular system: ferns, gymnosperms, angiosperms
Translations
Xerophyt
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Morphological traits Blackbrush Xerophyte Sclerophyll Summer dormancy X X Numerous leaves X (X) (X) Evergreen or semi-evergreen X X Thick blade X (X) (X) Small-sized leaves X (X) (X) Tough, leathery (rigid) leaves X (X) X Revolute leaf margin X X Adaxial trichomes X X X Abaxial trichomes X X X Amphistomatry X X Hypostomatry X (X) X Sunken stomata X (X) X Table 2.
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