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An organism that flourishes in a very dry environment.
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Noun1.xerophile - plant adapted for life with a limited supply of waterxerophile - 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
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Fungi that are able to withstand low moisture (decreasing water potential) conditions are xerotolerant and those that thrive under such conditions are xerophilic [27, 28].
In living rooms, even the soil in flower pots is a source of xerotolerant Aspergillus species.
Chapter 12, on fungi from extreme environments, is a brief description of physiological adaptations of thermotolerant, psychrotolerant, xerotolerant, and osmotolerant fungi, with very little information concerning their ecology.