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 (sŭf′ro͞o-tĕs′ənt) also suf·fru·ti·cose (sŭf-ro͞o′tĭ-kōs′)
Having a stem that is woody only at the base; somewhat shrubby.

[New Latin suffrutēscēns, suffrutēscent- : Latin sub-, sub- + New Latin frutēscēns, frutescent (from Latin frutex, shrub).]
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Adj.1.suffrutescent - of a plant; having a woody base that does not die down each year
woody - made of or containing or resembling wood; "woody plants"; "perennial herbs with woody stems"; "a woody taste"
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Hyptis suaveolens belonging to Lamiaceae family is a soft suffrutescent and ruderal weed that normally grows along the roadsides and the wet margins of ponds.
The oldest known confirmed fossil remains of the Lythraceae are Late Cretaceous herbaceous to suffrutescent perennials of moist to aquatic habitats (Lythrum/Peplis, Decodon).