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(Biology) an organism, esp an alga or moss, that grows on snow or ice


(ˈkraɪ əˌfaɪt)

1. any plant that grows on ice or snow, as certain algae, mosses, fungi, and bacteria.
2. any low-growing plant of the genus Cryophytum, certain species of which form extensive mats along coastal lands.
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Comparatively, caespitose and arborescent species present bigger stomata due to a better access to water resources: caespitose Blechnum species are small cryophytes that live in wetlands o peatlands, usually at high latitudes, while arborescent species appear typically in swamps and paramos near to or directly on humid to flooded soils.