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Relating to, resembling, or assuming the form of a shrub; shrubby.

[Latin frutex, shrub, bush + -escent.]

fru·tes′cence n.
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(fruːˈtɛsənt) or


(Botany) having the appearance or habit of a shrub; shrubby
[C18: from Latin frutex shrub, bush]
fruˈtescence n
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(fruˈtɛs ənt)

shrubby or becoming shrubby.
[1700–10; < Latin frut(ex) shrub, bush + -escent]
fru•tes′cence, n.
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The Lamiaceae, a big family, contains more than 3500 kinds of plants, and there are many species, such as Mentha haplocalyx, Perilla frutescent, and Lavandula angustifolia, notable for their essential oil in this family [10, 11].
Thus facies can be shrubby, frutescent, herbaceous, crop field, pastoral, horticultural, grazed, forested, sabulicolous, pyrophilous, silicicolous, urban, rocky, xeric, ombrophilous, etc.