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from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In phytogeography, a plant of a vegetation-form resembling a cushion, consisting of a mass of branches from an axis, which may either persist or disappear, so crowded that leaves and flowers are shown only on the general surface. Except in the case of mosses, it is mainly an alpine or arctic type, but is also developed on islands of the south temperate zone.


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