lithophyte

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lithophyte

any plant that grows on rocky ground.
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Lithophytic rosulated herbs up to 2 m high; leaves fleshy, leaf sheaths straw colored and brown on the adaxial surface, pale brown to brown on the abaxial surface; inflorescence terminal; pistillate inflorescences twice branched; staminate inflorescences thrice branched, forming large panicles with up to 97 primary branches; peduncles sparsely lepidote; staminate flowers greenish white, tightly arranged in the apical portion of primary branches and loosely arranged in the basal portion, pistillate flowers greenish brown, loosely arranged, appearing sub-whorled, secondary branches longer than the primary bracts, filaments in the male flowers 3-5.5 mm long, anthers 1-2 mm long, green; capsules ovoid, brown, 1-1.3 cm long, 3-7 mm in diameter.
In Brazil, its members usually grow as epiphytes in the Atlantic Forest, but some species thrive terrestrially in the sandy soils of the Restinga, while a very peculiar group of plants is specialized in lithophytic habitats, mainly in the domain of the Campos Rupestres of the states of Minas Gerais and Bahia.
Plants terrestrial or lithophytic, large, up 160-180 cm tall, with suberect to procumbent, not arborescent, sometimes short-creeping, rigid, scaly rhizomes, without stolons.
and Vriesea bituminosa Wawra were very common in the forest understory and were similar in leaf length and number of leaves (Table 1), although the first of these has a uniquely lithophytic habit, inhabits open areas of granitic rock in inselbergs, and has conspicuous spines along the leaf edges.