xerophytism


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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.

xerophytism

the natural adaptation of plants living under desert or marsh conditions to store water internally. — xerophyte, n.xerophytic, adj.
See also: Plants
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The advocates of pyrogenic origin (Rawitscher, 1951) question the climatic hypothesis by pointing out, for example, that cerrados and forest formations have co-existed under the same climatic conditions, and that xerophytism alone could not be deemed responsible for the creation of cerrados (Alvin, 1954).