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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Spring ephemerals are wildflowers that bloom on the forest floor before the trees completely leaf out.
Even in the Deep South, spring weather can be unpredictable at times, but the spring ephemerals have adapted to such fluctuations in temperature.
Garlic mustard is an exotic weed of the forest understory that is competing with native spring ephemerals.
In the absence of the appropriate species of ants, the plants failed to spread by seed and formed odd matlike clones, quite uncharacteristic of natural, ant-endowed forests, where spring ephemerals such as bloodroot and wild ginger are sprinkled about the ground layer in twos and threes.
Beginning with the spring ephemerals that bloom on the forest floor before the trees leaf out and continuing until the first hint of summer, the woodland garden is spectacular.
2) At right are bluebells, one of the spring ephemerals at the garden.