A plant structurally adapted to growing under very dry or desert conditions, often having greatly reduced leaf surfaces for avoiding water loss, thick, fleshy parts for water storage, and hairs, spines, or thorns.
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Reducing leaf surfaces to minimize moisture loss,
Adding thick plant parts to store large amounts of water.
Waxy skin prevents water loss.
An example of a xerophyte is a cactus which has eliminated leaves in favor of small spines.
- xerophytic plant
- desert plant
- xerophilous plant
Other Word Forms of Xerophyte
Origin of Xerophyte
xero- + -phyte
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