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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.
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Adj.1.xerophytic - adapted to a xeric (or dry) environmentxerophytic - adapted to a xeric (or dry) environment; "cacti are xerophytic plants"; "xerophytic adaptations"
xeric - being deficient in moisture; "deserts provide xeric environments"
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Rainfall partitioning into throughfall, stemflow and interception loss by two xerophytic shrubs within a rain-fed re-vegetated desert ecosystem, northwestern China.
A new and unusual xerophytic species of Begonia (Begoniaceae) from Peru.
This biome has a large number of plant associations and floristic complexes with different physiognomies, including xerophilous, deciduous trees, thorny bushes, cactus, and bromeliads, varying from grassland to xerophytic thorn savanna, and shrub woodland (Barbosa et al., 2006).
Its vegetation varies from xerophytic habitats and grasslands to pine oak woodlands and low deciduous forests.
The lizard is known to occur in areas with slightly clayey to hard soil with sparse xerophytic vegetation (Ramesh and Sankaran, 2013; Sanjay et al., 2013).
Summer climatic moisture balances (precipitation--potential evapotranspiration) for topographic slopes favored by present-day xerophytic boreal grasslands (SSW aspects with 61%-65% gradients) in southwest Yukon were compared to their unglaciated late-Wisconsinan (14000-12000 cal yr BP) Beringian counterparts.
This vegetation type is found mostly on southern-aspect hillsides, whereas north-aspect hillsides are mainly dominated by xerophytic species or less-dense thorny shrublands, and less so by sclerophyllous forest.
Sensitivity of the xerophytic moss Syntrichia caninervis to prolonged simulated nitrogen deposition.
(2000) A transitional xerophytic tropical plant community of the Cape Region, Baja California.
This plant occurs widely throughout the tropical regions of the world, and the most common species in this family (Cochlospermaceae) are either mesophytic or xerophytic, growing primarily in drier climates.