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xerophilous

Name (also xerophyt) for "drought-loving" plants that prefer extremely dry habitats, or can adapt to deserts, steppes, rocks, salt flats or winter cold areas (frost or winter drought = state of drought). Such plants are referred to as xerophytes (or xeromorphic plants), which include, for example, agaves, cacti, eucalyptus and certain coniferous plants. A distinction is made between different types that react to water shortage in different ways or are designed accordingly. For example, by deep rooting to the groundwater level, drought or by special osmotic Suction power of the roots. Also a few varieties have adapted particularly well to dry environmental conditions. They are not xerophilic but have one resistance against drought or drought developed. See also below water Resources,

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