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 (lē-ä′nə, -ăn′ə) also li·ane (-än′, -ăn′)
Any of various climbing, woody, usually tropical vines.

[Alteration of French liane, probably from lier, to bind, from Old French; see liable.]


(lɪˈɑːnə) or


(Plants) any of various woody climbing plants mainly of tropical forests
[C19: changed from earlier liane (through influence of French lier to bind), from French, of obscure origin]
liˈanoid adj


(liˈɑ nə, -ˈæn ə)

n., pl. -nas.
any of various usu. woody vines that may climb as high as the tree canopy in a tropical forest.
Also, li•ane (liˈɑn)
[1790–1800; earlier liannes (pl.) < French lianes, pl. of liane, derivative of lier to bind]
- li•a′noid,
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.liana - a woody climbing usually tropical plantliana - a woody climbing usually tropical plant
Dipladenia boliviensis, Mandevilla boliviensis, white dipladenia - shrubby climber having glossy leaves and white funnel-shaped flowers with yellow throats
Chilean jasmine, Mandevilla laxa - woody vine of Argentina grown as an ornamental for its glossy leaves and racemes of large fragrant funnel-shaped creamy-white flowers
Epipremnum aureum, golden pothos, ivy arum, Scindapsus aureus, pothos - evergreen liana widely cultivated for its variegated foliage
monstera - any plant of the genus Monstera; often grown as houseplants
philodendron - often grown as a houseplant
pothos - any of various tropical lianas of the genus Scindapsus
emerald creeper, jade vine, Strongylodon macrobotrys - vigorous Philippine evergreen twining liana; grown for spectacular festoons of green flowers that resemble lobster claws
vine - a plant with a weak stem that derives support from climbing, twining, or creeping along a surface
cynancum - any of various mostly giant tropical lianas of Africa and Madagascar having greenish or purple flowers and long smooth pods; roots formerly used as an emetic


[lɪˈɑːnə] Nbejuco m, liana f


[lɪˈɑːnə] nliana
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Calamus is lianoid and has wide vessels (those of Calamus stems 100-460 [micro]m, with simple perforation plates: Klotz, 1977) in almost any angiosperm group, and wider vessels tend to have simple perforation plates (Carlquist, 1975).
For example, the calamoid palms, identified as an early branch of the palm clade in molecular trees, have xylem adapted to particular niches, such as lianoid growth forms, that relate to major reconfiguration of their xylem.
Some within-forest populations may become scandent and/ or lianoid to reach the higher light intensities of the canopy (most common in Satyria).