from The Century Dictionary.

  • Loving rain; inviting the contact of rain: in phytogeography, said of plants or their parts, chiefly their foliage, or of the abstract character. Ombrophilous character is manifested by the fact that the leaves or other parts are wettable: opposed to ombrophobous.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective biology Capable of thriving in areas of heavy rainfall


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  • Vegetation is predominantly dense evergreen ombrophilous forest of a Guinean type characterized by tall trees (40 m-60 m) with massive trunks and sometimes large buttresses or stilt roots.

    Taï National Park, Côte d'Ivoire

  • The linework follows the IBGE classifications of "lowland dense ombrophilous forest", "submontane dense ombrophilous forest", and "submontane open ombrophilous forest" within the parameters of these rivers.

    Tapajós-Xingu moist forests

  • Linework for this ecoregion follows these rivers, and the IBGE map classification of "lowland ombrophilous dense forest", "submontane ombrophilous dense forest", and all subsequent "secondary forests and agricultural activities" within this broad classification.

    Tocantins-Araguaia-Maranhão moist forests

  • The linework for this transition follows IBGE map, which classifies this portion of the ecoregion as "submontane open ombrophilous forest" (and to the north as "submontane dense ombrophilous forest" and "lowland dense ombrophilous forest").

    Madeira-Tapajós moist forests

  • The western delineation follows the IBGE classification of "dense lowland ombrophilous Amazonian forest".

    Juruá-Purus moist forests

  • The boundary for the extension between Bahia forests and Serra do Mar forests was drawn along the Rio Grande, Rio Preto, and Rio Paraiba to the north and along the "dense ombrophilous forest" delineation, to separate this from these floristically distinct forests.

    Parañá-Paraíba interior forests

  • In Brazil linework follows INGE, from which we lump the following classifications: "woody-grass (Gramineae)", "savanna – ombrophilous forest transition", "dense wooded savanna", and small portions of "ombrophilous forest-seasonal forest" which fell within the greater delineation.

    Guyanan savanna

  • Linework for this ecoregion follows the IBGE classifications of "lowland ombrophilous dense forests", "submontane ombrophilous dense forest", "submontane ombrophilous open forest", and all human modifications which fell within this broader classification.

    Xingu-Tocantins-Araguaia moist forests

  • Linework differs from other várzea ecoregions, in that LandSat TM 5 imagery (at a scale of 1: 250,000) was used to delineate these riparian habitats in Peru – and Brazilian portions follow IBGE classifications of "alluvial open ombrophilous forests" and "alluvial dense ombrophilous forests".

    Iquitos varzea

  • Much of the current vegetation has been converted to agriculture, so linework for this ecoregion was derived from IBGE to estimate historic ranges by following their classification of "open ombrophilous forest: secondary vegetation and agricultural activities" and then incorporating "Atlantic dense ombrophilous forest: secondary vegetation and agricultural activities" in the state of Pernambuco, Brazil.

    Pernambuco coastal forests


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