geophyte


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geophyte

[′jē·ə‚fīt]
(ecology)
A perennial plant that is deeply embedded in the soil substrata.
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Showy geophytes such as species of Tulipa, Iris, Ixiolirion, Ranunculus, and Anemone may bloom in high quantities in the shrub-steppes in moist years.
The semishrub Sarcopoterium spinosum and the geophytes Narcissus tazetta and Sternbergia clusiana are representatives of this phenomenon in the Negev (Danin, 1972, 1983a).
In some species of geophytes there is a long delay before seed dispersal, and some of the seeds remain in the open capsules until they are dispersed by the rain storms of the following rainy season.
Percent of area Number of area Life form 61 82 Therophytes 22 31 Hemicryptophytes 6 8 Helophytes 4 5 Geophytes 2 3 Phanerophytes 1.
Coastal residents dug up geophytes and hunted inland game until the moon issued a call to the sea, Marean proposed at the anthropology meeting.
Abundant shellfish and geophytes made foragers less nomadic, increased birthrates and reduced infant death rates, Marean suggests.
Geophytes, such as Watsonia and Moraea, are concentrated here and on the plateaux (Guillarmod 1971).
Edible plants include fruiting trees, geophytes, seed-bearing grasses and composites.
They were probably infrequently visited to hunt (mostly in summer), gather geophytes or perhaps collect flakeable rock.
Perennials, woody sometimes tuberous lianas, shrubs to small trees (Utleria), erect scrambling or twining herbs or geophytes with underground tuber.
Trees to shrubs or herbs, succulents, or small geophytes (rarely annual), with milky or clear latex.
Herbs (rarely annuals: Conomitra), vines, or geophytes with subterranean tubers or stem succulents, with clear latex, rarely milky (especially Heterostemma).