xeromorphic


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xeromorphic

[‚zir·ə′mȯr·fik]
(plant ecology)
Referring to a plant that is able to survive in dry environments.
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The ultimate conclusion of this line of thinking is that no two xeromorphic adaptations have the same value, and the occurrence of one precludes the occurrence of others.
In Ceara, the species has been recorded in Caatinga areas in the municipalities of Crato and Russo, in open xeromorphic vegetation, as well as sub-humid and deciduous formations at between 15 and 900 m a.
There are some decomposing fungi like genera Aureobasidium, Candida, Rhodoturula, Sporobolomyces which are hydromorphic and there are some xeromorphic genera like Mortiella and Trichoderma while different species of Aspergillus and penicillium has been detected in both soil and water environment [6].
Small body size, rhizomatous habit, phytotelm shoot, foliar absorptive trichomes and specific adaptations in their metabolism (CAM metabolism), succulence and other xeromorphic features are characteristics that account for the inordinate success of Bromeliaceae in diverse, often demanding, habitats (BENZIG, 2000).
Torus-bearing pit membranes represent a xeromorphic adaptation that is advantageous during times of water stress.
Individual stems have two alternating sets of opposite, xeromorphic leaves that form four distinct rows.
Basic structure and composition of both types is dominated by xeromorphic, drought-deciduous, often thorny, pinnate-leaved, multitrunked trees or shrubs 2-10 m in height, with a strong component of succulents and thorny plants, many of them shared with arbosuffrutescent desert and crassicaulescent desert.
However, recent morphological and anatomical investigations have revealed that blackbrush leaves do not possess typical internal xerophytic leaf design (Gibson 1996, Rundel and Gibson 1996) despite their xeromorphic appearance.
Hysterographium preandinum was recorded only from Argentina in arid areas of Mendoza and San Juan Provinces, growing on decorticated wood of xeromorphic schrubs.
Both exhibit xeromorphic characters in their vegetative organs.
This "Restinga" vegetation, formed under strong insolation associated with the wind, in well-drained soil, is directly exposed to the sea water and therefore has a characteristically low load and a xeromorphic aspect (figure 1).