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 (mĕz′ə-fīt′, mĕs′-)
A land plant that grows in an environment having a moderate amount of moisture.

mes′o·phyt′ic (-fĭt′ĭk) adj.
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(Plants) any plant that grows in surroundings receiving an average supply of water
mesophytic adj
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(ˈmɛz əˌfaɪt, ˈmɛs-, ˈmi zə-, -sə-)

a plant growing under conditions of well-balanced moisture supply.
mes`o•phyt′ic (-ˈfɪt ɪk) adj.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.mesophyte - land plant growing in surroundings having an average supply of watermesophyte - land plant growing in surroundings having an average supply of water; compare xerophyte and hydrophyte
tracheophyte, vascular plant - green plant having a vascular system: ferns, gymnosperms, angiosperms
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Amaranthus is a dicotyledonous, herbaceous mesophyte that utilizes specialized [C.sub.4] carbon-fixation pathway for photosynthesis in which the first photosynthesis product is a four carbon-compound (National Research Council, 1984; Stallknecht and SchulzSchaeffer, 1993; Myers, 1998; Wang et al., 1999).
(Bignoniaceae) (also known as Pyrostegia ignea and Bignonia venusta) is a liana creeper that easily adapts to hygrophyte and mesophyte environments.
This was also a mesophyte association group including 12 sampling spots (S1, S11, S22, S26, S27, S34, S35, S36, S39, S40, S45, S47).
According to Reitz (1977), it is an heliophytic species, a selective hydrophyte to mesophyte, found quite frequently in Araucaria Pine Forests, especially in the humid soil of the moist forest in isolated patches of trees, and in more open areas of the secondary forests.
(14) Since water storage increases within a swamp landscape over the course of several thousand years, there appears a dense net of micro-lakes and, then, the micro-streams alternating the drained micro-landscapes with a plant-soil cover, i.e., significant parts of the swamp landscapes, are reduced being replaced by riparian mesophyte areas.
Mitochondrial ultrastructure in roots of mesophyte and hydrophyte at anoxia and after glucose feeding.
Only on the flood plains of recent rivers and in the oases in the peripheral regions is there a rich mesophyte tree cover.
Responses of loblolly pine (mesophyte) and swamp tupelo (hydrophyte) seedlings to soil flooding and phosphorus.