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1. A plant that grows on rocks.
2. A coral with a hard skeleton.

lith′o·phyt′ic (-fĭt′ĭk) adj.
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1. (Botany) a plant that grows on rocky or stony ground
2. (Biology) an organism, such as a coral, that is partly composed of stony material
lithophytic adj
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(ˈlɪθ əˌfaɪt)

1. a polyp with a hard or stony structure, as a coral.
2. any plant growing on the surface of rocks.
lith`o•phyt′ic (-ˈfɪt ɪk) adj.
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Noun1.lithophyte - plant that grows on rocks or stony soil and derives nourishment from the atmosphere
rock plant - plant that grows on or among rocks or is suitable for a rock garden
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Endangered status (ES) in Minas Gerais: EN = endangered, NE = not endangered, CE = critically endangered, NT= near threatened, VU = vulnerable.Growth form (GF): TIE = herb, SH = shrub, TR = tree, EL = epiphyte/lithophyte, EP = epiphyte, E1L = herb/lithophyte, LI = lithophyte, VI = viny.
Plant a densely clustering terrestrial or lithophyte, flowering 45-120 cm tall.
Zamora-Chinchipe, along the Rio Nangaritza, 800 m elev., lithophyte and rheophyte, J.