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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.
If I am really early, I might meet the forest floor in its first warming, the brief cloaking by spring ephemerals.
Effect of removal of co-occurring species on distribution and abundance of Erythronium americanum (Liliaceae), a spring ephemeral.
We expected that effects on Impatiens capensis would not be particularly strong, as it is thought that the negative effects of this species are exerted primarily on spring ephemeral species (Swearingen, 2005).
Slightly after the earliest of the spring ephemerals make an appearance, red columbine, with its red and yellow chandelier-like blossoms, erupt in flaming fury along exposed rocky slopes.
Currently, native spring ephemerals in the wild escape infection by powdery mildew, but they do compete with garlic mustard.
Garlic mustard is an exotic weed of the forest understory that is competing with native spring ephemerals.
When summer arrives and the green tree canopy closes in, spring ephemerals have already produced their seeds and become dormant.
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.
Tour the Fern Valley Native Plant Collection with the curator in March and learn about eastern woodland spring ephemerals.
2) At right are bluebells, one of the spring ephemerals at the garden.