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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.
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(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.
Irrespective of these morphological characteristics, all islands are usually fringed by a zone of broad leafed evergreen trees (phreatophytic) giving way to deciduous trees and eventually palms and open grassland.
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.
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 two shrub species in this study are considered as having somewhat different mechanisms for surviving aridity, namely, drought tolerance in the case of Larrea and drought avoidance (phreatophytic) in the case of Prosopis (Smith and Nobel 1986).
1994), as noted in other phreatophytic shrubs (e.g., Nilsen et al.