microphyllous


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microphyllous

[¦mī·krō¦fil·əs]
(botany)
Having small leaves.
Having leaves with a single, unbranched vein.
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Hence, on lithosols and regosols derived from acidic and basic igneous rocks, microphyllous and sandy microphyllous deserts are replaced by sarcocaulescent desert, an open woodland physiognomically dominated by columnar cacti and many deciduous small trees that have fleshy stems of swollen appearance (sarcocaulescent of Shreve and Wiggins, 1964).
The joint canopy of xeric trees have an irregular height of 4 (thornscrub) to 10 m (thornforest), with microphyllous trees as dominants, mostly Leguminosae.
This last principle involves the origin of the microphyllous leaf of the Lycopsida.
Tertiary as part of the sclerophyllous and microphyllous Madro-Tertiary
dominated by evergreen microphyllous and nanophyllous shrubs.
Living conifers tend to have needle- or scale-like leaves containing a single vascular strand, but we find similar leaves in microphyllous plants.