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xer·o·phyte

 (zîr′ə-fīt′)
n.
A plant adapted to surviving with little water.

xer′o·phyt′ic (-fĭt′ĭk) adj.
xer′o·phyt′i·cal·ly adv.
xer′o·phyt′ism (-fī′tĭz-əm, -fī-tĭz′-) n.

xerophyte

(ˈzɪərəˌfaɪt)
n
(Botany) a xerophilous plant, such as a cactus
xerophytic adj
ˌxeroˈphytically adv
ˈxeroˌphytism n

xe•ro•phyte

(ˈzɪər əˌfaɪt)

n.
a plant adapted for growth under dry conditions.
[1895–1900]
xe`ro•phyt′ic (-ˈfɪt ɪk) adj.
xe`ro•phyt′i•cal•ly, adv.
xe′ro•phyt`ism, n.

xer·o·phyte

(zîr′ə-fīt′)
A plant that grows in an arid habitat; a desert plant. Cacti are xerophytes.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.xerophyte - plant adapted for life with a limited supply of waterxerophyte - plant adapted for life with a limited supply of water; compare hydrophyte and mesophyte
agave, American aloe, century plant - tropical American plants with basal rosettes of fibrous sword-shaped leaves and flowers in tall spikes; some cultivated for ornament or for fiber
tracheophyte, vascular plant - green plant having a vascular system: ferns, gymnosperms, angiosperms
Translations
Xerophyt
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It usually went like this: The class was given a question, say, in the science (botany) test -- 'Write three sentences about Xerophytes.' Now, a pupil, especially one who's crammed like mad overnight, can reel off not just three sentences, but an entire chapter on xerophytes.
The high variability of these environmental factors was a key element to the adaptation of the typical vegetation of this region--the Caatinga--, composed mostly of deciduous xerophytes, which are related to the rainfall distribution and soil conditions.
Le bilan hydrique climatique pour la saison d'ete (precipitations moins evapotranspiration potentielle) des pentes topographiques favorisees par les herbages boreaux xerophytes actuels (aspects SSO avec pentes de 61 % a 65 %) dans le sud-ouest du Yukon a ete compare a celui de leurs homologues beringiens denues de glace du Wisconsinien tardif (de 14000 a 12000 annees cal.
The vegetation of this desert consists of xerophytes, adjusted to low moisture, extremely hot temperature, and more salinity with wide variation of edaphic factors.
A subset of xerophytes, succulents are able to survive an irregular, unpredictable, spotty or seasonal supply of water.
and other xerophytes species (Veronica spicata L., Sedum acre L., Antennaria dioica L., Calamagrostis epigeios (L.) Roth., and Centaurea marschalliana Spreng).
Regarding habitat use, Govetto (1999) found a high density of wild boar signs in Yatay palm forest during the masting period (February and March), and also Ballari (2013) found that wild boar prefers habitats with a dominant tree canopy, e.g., Yatay palm forest and forest of exotic xerophytes (white cedar Melia azedarach, Gigg's firethorn Pyracantha atalantoides, honey locust Gleditsia triacanthos, broad-leaf privet Ligustrum lucidum, Chinese privet Ligustrum sinense).
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].
Xerophytes plant species have mechanisms to overcome drought stress and these mechanism could be considered the endophytic association and interaction between plant and rhizobacteria able to improve the plant growth under abiotic stress conditions (2).