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A plant, often with deep roots, that is mostly or entirely dependent on water from a permanent ground supply.

[Greek phrear, phreat-, well, spring; see phreatic + -phyte.]

phre·at′o·phyt′ic (-fĭt′ĭk) adj.


(Botany) botany of, possessing the properties of, or relating to a phreatophyte
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Further, it would preclude the successful establishment of any future seedlings of these phreatophytic species, thus ensuring their extinction in this area.
The presence of phreatophytic woodlands is a determining factor in fixing and stabilizing dunes.
Willows and poplars are also phreatophytic species that in addition to stabilizing the bank take up and transpire leachate, thereby reducing the flow going into the sewer and saving leachate treatment costs.
steppe (scattered), contracted (clustered) and phreatophytic (bolsones).
Phreatophytic trees, such as poplars and willows, are particularly suited to this role (Ferro et al.
The edible plants of the Namib and Kalahari deserts include several species of cucurbits with fruits that are full of water: among them are the nara (Acanthosicyos horridus), a phreatophytic species that grows on dunes, the African cucumber (Cucumis africanus), and the wild Tsama watermelon (Citrullus lanatus); C.
The phreatophytic vegetation of the River Floodplain-Arroyo formation was placed in the Arroyo-Mesquite-Acacia association.
2008), who found that growth of fine roots in phreatophytic Populus alba was stimulated in the layer of soil just above a stationary water table.
1974) (water user salvaged water by removing phreatophytic vegetation; could not get decree to use salvaged water free of call); Salt River Valley Water Users' Assoc.