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Any perennial plant whose winter buds are within 10 inches (25 centimeters) of the soil surface.



a life form of plants whose renewal buds are found a short distance (20–30 cm) above the ground and are usually protected in winter by the snow cover. Chamaephytes include shrublets (whortleberry, heath), subshrublets (thyme, many species of wormwood), certain perennial herbs (Lamium), and mosses. Chamaephytes prevail in tundras, high mountains, deserts, and certain Mediterranean types of vegetation. The term “chamaephyte” was proposed by the Danish botanist K. Raunkiaer.

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25%, chamaephytes (in ferns, herbaceous plants with perennating buds on aerial branches of less than 50 cm height) = 10%, and cryptophytes (buds are below the soil surface) = 1.
Among which chamaephyte, a perennial plant that sets its dormant vegetative buds just at or above the surface of the ground; geophyte, a perennial plant that propagates by underground bulbs or tubers or corms; phanerophyte, the surviving buds or shoot apices are borne on shoots which projected into the air.
Geographic area Sites Species Medicinal species Eastern area 48 76 44 Western area 30 65 33 Middle area 1 10 1 Total 79 151 78 Table 6: Number of species in each life form for all species collected during the collection missions of Mediterranean coast of Libya during the spring and summer of 2009 and 2010 Life form Number of species % Trees 24 16 Phanerophyte (shrubs) 55 36 Chamaephyte (semi-shrubs) 11 7 Annual shrubs 4 3 Perennial forbs 24 16 Perennial grasses 17 11 Biennial forbs 2 1 Therophyte (annual forbs) 11 8 Climbers 3 2 Total 151 100 Table 7.
A Saharo-Arabian fragrant chamaephyte that grows in extreme deserts that is common by local Bedwins to have anti-diabetic effects and it is sold in local markets for this purpose.
The chamaephyte Kickxia petrana and the hemicryptophyte Silene danaensis are also endemic, common to sandstone and limestone cliffs in southwestern Jordan.
The majority of taxa associated with Ageratina luciae-brauniae and/or Solidago albopilosa are phanerophytes (40%) or hemicryptophytes (36%); 2% are chamaephytes, 13% are cryptophytes, and 9% are therophytes.
They are herbs, terrestrial, epiphytic (erect or pendent), or, rarely, saxicolous shrubs and subshrubs 1-2 m tall, lianas, cushion plants, prostrate mat-forming chamaephytes, and trees to 20 m tall (for trees see Judd, 1984; Sorensen, 1995).