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palustrine

palustrine in Science
palustrine
  (pə-lŭs'trēn)   
Relating to a system of inland, nontidal wetlands characterized by the presence of trees, shrubs, and emergent vegetation (vegetation that is rooted below water but grows above the surface). Palustrine wetlands range from permanently saturated or flooded land (as in marshes, swamps, and lake shores) to land that is wet only seasonally (as in vernal pools). Compare lacustrine, marine, riverine.

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