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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.


(Plants) any plant that grows in surroundings receiving an average supply of water
mesophytic adj


(ˈmɛz əˌfaɪt, ˈmɛs-, ˈmi zə-, -sə-)

a plant growing under conditions of well-balanced moisture supply.
mes`o•phyt′ic (-ˈfɪt ɪk) adj.
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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Warming [6] developed a qualitative classification of species according to their ability to use a particular share of gradient (for example, based on moisture: xerophytes, mesophytes, hygrophytes, hydrophites; on light: sciophytes and heliophytes) [5].
herbaceous mesophytes, shrubs and woody trees in angiosperms;
There is evidence that ABA normally plays a role in resistance of mesophytes to water stress.
caerulea communities in KNP occur on dry to moderately moist soils, rarely on soils with fluctuating water tables, and therefore are accompanied by mesophytes.
Although xerophytes normally have a number of adaptations to hydric stress (TURNER, 1986), mesophytes can also adapt in order to survive in environments where seasonal deficits occur (CALBO; MORAES, 2000).