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mesophyte

[′mez·ə‚fīt]
(ecology)
A plant requiring moderate amounts of moisture for optimum growth.
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Loucks accounts for the lack of scientific interest in the mixed mesophytic with the question, "How many people do you know who have a summer home in the Coal River Valley of West Virginia?
Wet periods could have allowed mesophytic taxa to penetrate into the desert, and dry periods could have destroyed the mesophytic components that grow outside the refugia.
Hemlock - mixed mesophytic forest communities in southern Indiana, western Kentucky and Highlands, North Carolina.
2 ha of old-growth mixed mesophytic forest at Cold Springs, Huntsville, Alabama.
Frequent surface fires and drought may increase the importance of the more fire-tolerant post and blackjack oaks at the expense of mesophytic species (Burton et al.
Braun (1950) described the preserve as a "virgin white oak [Quercus alba] forest occupying a morainal area" and delineated five plant communities, namely: 1) red maple (Acer rubrum)-American elm (Ulmus americana) in depressions, 2) red maple-white oak on flats, 3) white oak with an admixture of mesophytic and wet-mesic species occupying low swells, 4) white oak on well-drained mesic sites, and 5) an American beech (Fagus grandifolia) community.
Although much of this forest type lies on uplands and gentle slopes and is fairly uniform in composition, several community subtypes occur within the boundaries of the mixed mesophytic forest.
These stands are being replaced by fire sensitive mesophytic tree species such as sugar maple (Acer saccharum Marsh.
The area lies within the Cliff Section of the Cumberland and Allegheny plateaus of the mixed mesophytic forest region of Braun (1950).
The criteria for identifying old-growth mesophytic forests in Indiana and the surrounding states have been summarized by Parker (1989) and Martin (1992).
Much of the biome is mixed mesophytic woodland; American beech (Fagus grandifolia), sugar and red maple (Acer saccharum and A.
At the other extreme, wet prairie overlaps with the borders of mesophytic prairies and savanna complex (Wilhelm 1990).