from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- adjective Growing or thriving in water.
- adjective Pollinated by pollen that is carried by water.
from The Century Dictionary.
- In botany, pollinated by the agency of water. Compare anemophilous, entomophilous.
- In phytogeography:
- Requiring much moisture: said of plants.
- Less properly, presenting conditions favorable to such plants; hydrophytic.
- Aquatic: applied by Pound and Clements to a class of fungi. Also
- In entomology, having the character of a beetle of the genus Hydrophilus or family Hydrophilidæ.
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- adjective biology That grows or thrives in or near
- adjective botany That is
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Wetlands, with their hydrophilous reeds, and cultivated trees are important tree resources and provide various goods-and-services including timber, NTFPs, grazing and desertification control.
Grassland types include hydrophilous grassland on sandy riverine soils dominated by Acroceras macrum and Ischaemum arcuatum; high-lying grasslands on sand, a diverse fire-subclimax community, palm-veld with Hyphaene coriacea and Phoenix reclinata, another fire-subclimax community; Echinochloa floodplain grassland; and low-lying grasslands on clay.
In the muddy vegetation associated to these mangroves, big hydrophilous herbs, mainly grasses and forbs, and musaceae (Heliconia latispatha) predominate.
The predominant vegetation in this region are hydrophilous trees and palms, with abundant epiphytes and scattered herbaceous layer.
Dissemination is effected by the agency of water, of air, of animals -- and fruits and seeds are therefore grouped in respect of this as hydrophilous, anemophilous and zooidiophilous.