xerophyte

DEFINITIONS OF: xerophyte

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n plant adapted for life with a limited supply of water; compare hydrophyte and mesophyte

Synonyms:
desert plant, xerophile, xerophilous plant, xerophytic plant
Types:
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American aloe, agave, century plant
tropical American plants with basal rosettes of fibrous sword-shaped leaves and flowers in tall spikes; some cultivated for ornament or for fiber
Agave americana, American agave
widely cultivated American monocarpic plant with greenish-white flowers on a tall stalk; blooms only after ten to twenty years and then dies
Agave sisalana, sisal
Mexican or West Indian plant with large fleshy leaves yielding a stiff fiber used in e.g. rope
Agave cantala, cantala, maguey
Philippine plant yielding a hard fibre used in making coarse twine
Agave atrovirens, maguey
Mexican plant used especially for making pulque which is the source of the colorless Mexican liquor, mescal
Agave tequilana
Mexican plant used especially for making tequila
dracaena
an agave that is often cultivated for its decorative foliage
Nolina microcarpa, bear grass
stemless plant with tufts of grasslike leaves and erect panicle of minute creamy white flowers; southwestern United States and Mexico
bowstring hemp, sansevieria
grown as a houseplant for its mottled fleshy sword-shaped leaves or as a source of fiber
Type of:
tracheophyte, vascular plant
green plant having a vascular system: ferns, gymnosperms, angiosperms
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