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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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Furthermore, xerophytes vegetation that favors beekeeping development also grows in the district.
A number of torus-bearing angiosperm species are xerophytes, and the presence of a torusbearing pit membrane can be viewed as another mechanism for control of water resources under arid conditions.
Although xerophytes normally have a number of adaptations to hydric stress (TURNER, 1986), mesophytes can also adapt in order to survive in environments where seasonal deficits occur (CALBO; MORAES, 2000).
The pollen production of local taxa is very low, among which Betula nana, Salix, Selaginella selaginoides, Dryas octopetala and steppe xerophytes Eurotia ceratoides, Ephedra and halophilous taxa Kochia prostrata, Salsola kali and Salicornia herbaceae have been identified (Pirrus 1971).
Opuntia cacti are wild xerophytes that are used in many regions of the world, primarily for food, fodder, and medicine; they generally grow in dry sunny areas, where there are few other deep-rooted plants.