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A plant having hard leaves stiffened by woody tissue, with a relatively short distance between leaf nodes. Sclerophylls are generally found in warm dry climates or in phosphorus-poor soils and include many species of eucalyptus and evergreen oak.

scle·roph′yl·lous (sklə-rŏf′ə-ləs) adj.


(Plants) a woody plant with small leathery evergreen leaves that is the dominant plant form in certain hot dry areas, esp the Mediterranean region
[C20: from Greek sklēros hard + phullon a leaf]
sclerophyllous adj
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Semi-deciduous, thick blades, well-cutinized epidermises, numerous small leaves, sclerophyllic leaves, hypostomatry, sunken stomata, thickened epidermal cell walls, and abundant abaxial and adaxial trichomes are characteristics of blackbrush plants, as well as typical woody xerophytic and sclerophyllous plants.
Close to limestone cliffs, the laurel vegetation makes catenal contact with Rhamno alaterni-Eu phorbio dendroidis euphorbietoso bivonae sigmetosum, located along xeric rocky outcrops, and represented by sclerophyllic and summer deciduous vegetation with Olea europaea var.
Normally this type of climate is related to climatophilous evergreen sclerophyllic woodlands.