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adj. Chiefly British
Variant of cespitose.


(ˈsɛspɪˌtəʊs) or


(Botany) botany growing in dense tufts
[C19: from New Latin caespitōsus, from caespitem turf]
ˈcaespiˌtosely, ˈcespiˌtosely adv
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.caespitose - (of plants) growing in small dense clumps or tufts
plant life, flora, plant - (botany) a living organism lacking the power of locomotion
ungregarious - (of plants) growing together in groups that are not close together
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Annual, caespitose, much branched at base, tufted, 25-70 cm tall, culms ascending or prostrate, slender, smooth, green, glabrous and rather flattened, mostly covered by sheaths.
Elephant grass is a caespitose plant, and some types of this grass produce a large amount of aerial tillers.
Plant mass formed by entangled filaments, caespitose, sometimes isolate filaments or in small groups in the mucilage of other cyanobacteria; main filament and branches similar; filaments usually uniseriate, occasionally biseriate, 10.
Comparing life forms we observed that bryophytes and lichen species were often positively associated, associations among chamaephyte species were unusual and caespitose hemycriptophyte species often participate in positive associations.
Plants perennial, tufted, caespitose, with a knotty rhizomatous base, the rhizomes short and thin; culms 15-30(-55) cm tall; nodes 2-3, branching below, puberulent to scabrellous; internodes short covered by the sheaths, glabrous, puberulent to shortly hirtellous near the nodes; leaves basal, sheaths 3-4(7) cm long, longer than the internodes, the upper with a reduced blade below the synflorescence, the lowermost purple and short-hirsute, the next green and glabrous, margins shortpilose; ligules 0.
A major cause of tiller mortality is the removal of apical meristem, especially of tillers at reproductive stage or in plants with caespitose growth, where the rapid elongation of internodes causes its elevation to the level of grazing or cutting (DIFANTE et al.
Astrocaryum jauari is a large riparian caespitose palm that produces several stems from its base; it is commonly found along most rivers of the Amazon basin.
Thallus shrubby, erect to subpendulous or rarely caespitose, rigid, yellow green to almost whitish in some areas which usually belong to branching points or changes in the branches width; profusely and irregularly branched.