ephemeral plant


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ephemeral plant

[ə′fem·ə·rəl ′plant]
(botany)
An annual plant that completes its life cycle in one short moist season; desert plants are examples.
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At selected sites within these desert habitats we also measured the accumulation of organic and inorganic soil nutrients, the accumulation of particulate matter, and the abundance of spring-flowering ephemeral plants under shrubs of the two morphologies.
Soil under hemispherical shrubs supported a greater total biomass of spring-flowering ephemeral plants at the C-SAND site (ANOVA, P [less than] 0.01) and at the C-SAND-IL and C-PAVE sites (ANOVA, P [less than] (0.05).
The rainfall in winter and spring creates favorable conditions for the growth of ephemeral plants [12].
In summary, the increasing temperatures exaggerated the existing water deficiency, which affects the growth and size of plants, especially ephemeral plants, a group of desert flora that are sensitive to a lack of soil water.