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xerophyte

a plant that is adapted to growing in areas with low or irregular supplies of water. Various modifications can be noted which reduce water loss by TRANSPIRATION: sunken STOMATA (e.g. Pinus); rolled leaves with the stomata on the inner surface only (e.g. MARRAM GRASS); development of leaf spines (e.g. gorse); possession of small leaves (e.g. many heathers). Compare HYDROPHYTE, MESOPHYTE.
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The class Astragalo-Brometea described the Central Anatolian steppe is represented by the order Astragalo-Brometalia and the alliance Agropyro tauri-Stachydion lavandulifoliae which are composed of xerophytic grasslands and cushion-forming spiny xerophytic and chamaephytic communities in high altitudes.
A xerophytic plant which can be found abundantly in the Al Fazayeh region of Dhofar is Carallumaflava.
The microclimate in the canyon allows some plant species to penetrate the mountain range farther than they would outside of the canyon; as elevation increases and climate becomes drier, the proportion of tropical elements decreases and that of xerophytic elements increases along the climate-elevation gradient.
Xerophytic bushlike vegetation (with xerophytic adaptations including tuber formation, fleshiness, and leaf-size reduction), found on limestone pavements and tsingy (the Malagasy word for heavily eroded karstic limestone formations), reaches heights of 3-6m; dominant elements are Dalbergia spp., Delonix spp., Euphorbia spp.
Most of the Chenopodiaceae are halophytes and these plants show xerophytic characters [2].
* Calotropis procera is a xerophytic shrub of family asclepiadacea.
With the theme "Ancient Arts in Modern Times," the Ikenobo Ikebana Society of Manila will display some 30 Ikebana floral arrangements, and the Cactus and Succulent Society will put up Xerophytic landscaping as well as a collection of succulents.
Ecophysiology of xerophytic and halophytic vegetation of a coastal alluvial plain in northern Venezuela.
Et-12-11: 08[degrees]58'N 37[degrees]51'E, Ambo Plant Protection Research Center, xerophytic forest on vertisols, 2077 m, litter (sifter), 20.xi.2012 (collected by L.B.