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- Moisture-loving; in phytogeography, having the character of a hygrophyte.
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- adjective of a plant adapted for
growthin a damp or wet environment.
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The biota is generally considered derived from hygrophilous tropical warm level stock as well as Andean elements that arrived through the eastern mountain range of Colombia in particular and others with more affinity to the Andes of Mérida and the mountain range on the Venezuelan coast.
A third forest association develops on hygrophilous soils adjacent to creeks that experience shallow flooding during the rainy season.
Relict hygrophilous temperate deciduous oak forests (Quercus robur) appear locally in certain coastal wetlands of the Italian Peninsula (i.e. Circeo National Park) and on Corsica.
The principal vegetation is hygrophilous coastal evergreen rainforest, with mixed moist semi-evergreen rainforest further inland in the drier regions.
Forest types include swamp forest, rare in South Africa, covering 3,095 ha (64% of the South African total) dominated by Ficus tricopoda, hygrophilous forest and Barringtonia forest.
It is a rich mosaic of savanna grassland, thickets and woodlands; grasslands: low-lying, hygrophilous and floodplain; sedge swamps, freshwater reed and papyrus swamps; riverine woodlands, swamp forests and forested dunes; the lake with its uniquely variable salinity regime;, underwater macrophyte beds, saline reed swamps, salt marshes and mangroves; rocky and sandy shores, coral reefs and submarine canyons.
The Valdivian temperate forest and the more hygrophilous vegetation of the Mediterranean area of central Chile, represent a true biogeographic island separated from climatically similar areas by extensive ocean barriers and deserts.
Monocotyledons are either hydrophytes or strongly hygrophilous plants and have often peculiar features in germination.
The official nomination document indicates that many coastal habitats are threatened, including the hygrophilous forest, the mangrove, the dunes and shoals, forests on the seaside plain, the [[swamp]  s and lagoons.