Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A plant adapted to living in a saline environment.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any plant that tolerates an environment having a high salt content

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A plant found growing in salt marshes, or in the sea.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The saltwort, a plant, such as those of the genera Salicornia, Salsola, and Suæda, inhabiting salt marshes and sea-coasts. The ash after burning contains barilla and other salts.
  • n. In phytogeography, a plant adapted to the absorption of common salt or other salts and confined to or preferring a salty substratum, as the sea or the sea-shore.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. plant growing naturally in very salty soil

Etymologies

halo- + -phyte (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Different soil compositions and geomorphic factors affect the distribution of wildlife and make room for other vegetative groups such as halophyte plants including Atriplex, Larrea divaricata, L. cuneifolia, Suaeda, and Tricomaria.

    Humid Pampas

  • Several "halophyte" (salt tolerant) plant species and seaweed species can be processed to yield an impure form of sodium carbonate, and these sources predominated in Europe and elsewhere until the early 19th Century.

    Find Me A Cure

  • The Marabi mangrove forests are halophyte forests distributed along the Ecuadorian Coast and located at the mouths of river systems converging on the Pacific Coast of South America.

    Manabí mangroves

  • Some of the vegetation that has adapted to high concentrations of salt in the soil constitutes halophyte communities, which are found especially in areas close to the salt flats.

    Central Andean dry puna

  • It condemned the dredging and embankment of the Joumine and Malah canals which dry out the marshes, encourage halophyte growth and access by poachers, and recommended a visitor center and cleaning up pollution from the hammams.

    Ichkeul National Park, Tunisia

  • The central Iberian plateaus and Ebro basin host significant inland drainage systems with fluctuating, shallow, saline swamps, characterized by numerous halophyte species such as Suaeda fruticosa, Microcnemum coralloides, Aizoon hispanicus, Arthrocnemum glaucum, and Limonium ovalifolium.

    Iberian sclerophyllous and semi-deciduous forests

  • The ecoregional steppe flora has a significant rate of endemism (126 endemic plants from the 302 strict steppe species), mainly reflecting halophyte taxa (Vella pseudocytisus, Boleum asperum, Gypsophila struthium, G. hispanica, Sideritis linearifolia).

    Iberian sclerophyllous and semi-deciduous forests

  • One of the most typical halophyte plant formations is dominated by tetyr (Salsola gemmascens), a 30-50 centimeters (cm) shrub, associated with low species diversity and sparse coverage.

    Caspian lowland desert

  • Xeric and halophyte shrublands, grasslands, riverine shrublands, coastal lagoons.

    Southeastern Iberian shrubs and woodlands

  • Xeric and halophyte shrublands, grasslands, riverine shrublands.

    Southeastern Iberian shrubs and woodlands

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