suffrutescent


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suffrutescent

[¦sə‚frü′tes·ənt]
(botany)
Of or pertaining to a stem intermediate between herbaceous and shrubby, becoming partly woody and perennial at the base.
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Open areas among dominant shrubs can include bare sand, litter, ground lichens, mosses and herbaceous and suffrutescent plants.
The role of fire in the germination of chaparral herbs and suffrutescents. Madrono 34:240-249.
In this genus, two main growth forms are recognized, i.e., broad-leaved suffrutescent climbers of montane forest and tree-line ecotone and erect or ascending herbs or subshrubs with narrow subcoriaceous leaves of high-altitude paramo.