from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Plants considered as a group, especially the plants of a particular country, region, or time.
- n. A treatise describing the plants of a region or time.
- n. The bacteria and other microorganisms that normally inhabit a bodily organ or part: intestinal flora.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. plants considered as a group, especially those of a particular country, region, time, etc.
- n. a book describing the plants of a country etc.
- n. The microorganisms that inhabit some part of the body, such as intestinal flora
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The goddess of flowers and spring.
- n. The complete system of vegetable species growing without cultivation in a given locality, region, or period; a list or description of, or treatise on, such plants.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In classical mythology, the goddess of flowers.
- n. [lowercase; pl. floræ, floras (-rē, -räz).] In botany: The aggregate of the plants indigenous to a particular country or region, or belonging to a particular period: as, the Australasian flora; the flora of the Carboniferous period. See fauna.
- n. A work systematically describing the plants of a country or region or a geological period.
- n. The eighth planetoid, discovered by Hind, in London, in 1847.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. all the plant life in a particular region or period
- n. (botany) a living organism lacking the power of locomotion
An indicator of the degradation of the flora is the allochthonous species that have established themselves in the wild, already accounting for 42%.
Probiotic soap will optimize healthy skin flora and help remove harmful pathogens as well as dirt and sweat.
These special places come in many forms: botanical gardens, arboretums, college and university gardens, glass-covered conservatories, nature centers, even zoos, where you may find flora from the habitat of the fauna on display.
The flora is distinct from that on adjacent uplands.
Defined by a almost subtropical temperatures usually found much farther north, this region is rich in flora and fauna that is uncharacteristic of its surrounding regions.
The native flora is characterized by low fire tolerance and poor adaptation to herbivore resistance.
About 9% of the extant flora is hummingbird pollinated and it is estimated that around 47% are wind pollinated.
The principal aspect in the analysis of vascular flora is the high degree of endemism.
One of the most interesting aspects of the explorations of the islands, from the point of view of the flora, is that since 1869 the information relating to the flora has been provided by only two botanists.
The link between the Ecotron assemblages and the data they used to calibrate the axis was weak (they used the “closest approach to a community which often contains many of them” and modified the range upwards because “a substantial fraction of the potential arable weed flora is already extinct”).