understory


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understory

[′ən·dər‚stȯr·ē]
(forestry)
A foliage layer occurring beneath and shaded by the main canopy of a forest.
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Summer thermal cover differs from both winter thermal cover and screening cover by not having a dense understory.
For example, vegetational polygons could be comprised only of an overstory component (canopy with no understory and >4.
Across the study system, understory bird nests, [less than or equal to] 4.
In a couple decades, when the top of the slope is ready for understory, plant ironwood or Amelanchier species.
Woody understory composition and density (stems/ha) were determined using nested circular plots 0.
The following treatment plots were established: (1) centipede grass (Eremochloa ophiuroides (Munro) Hack; Poales: Poaceae) understory (soil covered with centipede grass); (2) weed free understory (bare soil, weeds removed with herbicide sprays); (3) weedy (natural weeds) understory; and (4) pine bark understory (soil covered with pine bark).
All of the plants and wildlife here have evolved through periodic fires that clear understory growth to allow forage plants that are beneficial to wildlife to flourish.
The habitat at this site abruptly shifts from Macrocystis pyrifera (giant kelp) dominated (deeper) to understory algae dominated rocky reef (shallow) within this depth range.
The two architectures were 1) a strictly vertical arrangement in which stems extended from the bottom of the tank to the surface of the water with no surface canopy (hereafter known as vertical architecture) and 2) a composite of an understory of vertical stems and a surface canopy (hereafter known as composite architecture).
Its joined tales of an urban utopia with a sensational understory of the torture of innocents deserves to be hugely popular.
Grouse prefer huge expanses of sage with a healthy understory of flowering plants and grasses to help them hide from predators.