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A perennial plant, such as a crocus or tulip, that resprouts by means of buds on underground bulbs, tubers, or corms.


(Botany) a perennial plant that propagates by means of buds below the soil surface
geophytic adj


(ˈdʒi əˌfaɪt)

a plant propagated by means of underground buds.
ge`o•phyt′ic (-ˈfɪt ɪk) adj.
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Noun1.geophyte - a perennial plant that propagates by underground bulbs or tubers or corms
tracheophyte, vascular plant - green plant having a vascular system: ferns, gymnosperms, angiosperms
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180 m 2 ; extensive perennial and geophyte planting approx.
Decoupling of reproduction and growth: an unusual pattern in the life cycle of the Mediterranean geophyte Narcissus serotinus.
purple netsedge is a geophyte, the corms of which are formed 2 - 8 cm deep in the soil.
More than 500 geophyte species grow naturally in Turkey and the bulbs of the majority of these are exported.
Narcissus alcaracensis Rios, Rivera, Alcaraz and Obon is a bulbous geophyte, 30-50 cm in height during flowering, with two 15-45 x 0.
In the monocots, a clade of geophyte genera in the Asparagaceae, the Milla clade, grows in Mega-Mexico (Gandara et al.
Florogenesis of the Mediterranean geophyte Narcissus tazetta and temperature requirements for flower initiation and differentiation.
As a geophyte it has a slow growth and exclusively vegetative propagation, forming only 3-4 cormlets each season (Fernandez, 2004).
This geophyte is endemic to the western Cape region in South Africa, the centre of diversification of the genus Lachenalia (KLEYNHANS & al.
Reproduction and growth of the chaparral geophyte, Zigadenus fremontii (Liliaceae), in relation to fire.