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Sclerophyll

 

(also sclerophyte), a stiff-leaved, drought-resistant dicotyledonous plant. The stiffness of the leaves and stems results from the presence of strongly developed mechanical tissues, which prevent wilting when there is a water deficiency. Sclerophyll herbaceous plants include the spiny clotbur of the family Compositae and the eryngo of the family Umbelliferae.

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The precise distinctions between xerophytes and sclerophylls are not conspicuous, presumably due to many similar environmental attributes between semi-arid coastal sclerophyllous chaparral and arid continental Mojave Desert shrublands.
The current literature apparently does not agree whether blackbrush is a xerophytes or a sclerophyll. This article reviews blackbrush leaf surface (morphological) and anatomical features, and attempts to determine whether such features are more similar to xerophytic or to sclerophyllous leaves based on the data collected from previously published literature.
Convergent evolution of Mediterranean-climate evergreen sclerophyll shrubs.
The effect of fire frequency on the sclerophyll vegetation of the West Head, New South Wales.
Leaf structure and nutrition in Mediterranean-climate sclerophylls. Pp.
Evolution and biogeography of Madrean-Tethyan sclerophyll vegetation.
Sclerophylls, pachyphylls and pycnophylls: the nature and significance of hard leaf surfaces.