geophytic

geophyte

[jee-uh-fahyt]
noun Botany.
a plant propagated by means of underground buds.

Origin:
1895–1900; geo- + -phyte

geophytic [jee-uh-fit-ik] , adjective
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geophyte (ˈdʒiːəʊˌfaɪt)
 
n
a perennial plant that propagates by means of buds below the soil surface
 
geophytic
 
adj

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geophyte   (jē'ə-fīt')  Pronunciation Key 
A perennial plant with an underground food storage organ, such as a bulb, tuber, corm, or rhizome. The parts of the plant that grow above ground die away during adverse conditions, as in winter or during the dry season, and grow again from buds that are on or within the underground portion when conditions improve. Crocuses and tulips are geophytes.
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