Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A deep-rooted plant that obtains water from a permanent ground supply or from the water table.

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  • n. Any plant, typically living in deserts, that obtains its water from long taproots that reach the water table

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Greek phrear, phreat-, well, spring; see phreatic + -phyte.

Examples

  • A phreatophyte is a plant whose roots generally extend downward to the water table; the term literally means water-loving plants.

    Trout and Salmon of North America

  • To the proponents of phreatophyte control, the elimination of riparian trees and conversion of the water “wasted” by transpiration in order to provide more water for irrigated agriculture was true conservation in that it was a “wise and beneficial” use of natural resources.

    Trout and Salmon of North America

  • Despite this direction, in 1964 the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service and Soil Conservation Service published a plan for phreatophyte control in the Humboldt River drainage.

    Trout and Salmon of North America

  • Another reason for considering lining of tertiaries is heavy infestation with phreatophyte plants (particularly bull-rushes or "typha") in areas of perennially high watertable.

    Chapter 13

  • Difficulties in maintenance of unlined canals previously discussed, including weed growth and encroachment by phreatophyte plants, are aggravated in the case of drainage channels as ground conditions are usually wet year-round and vegetative growth can be prolific.

    Chapter 14

  • The wet ground conditions at the bottom of a drainage channel in which seepage water is flowing year-round promote heavy growth of phreatophyte plants, requiring frequent cleaning.

    Chapter 14

  • Where phreatophyte plants grow (a deep-rooted plant that obtains water from the water table or the layer of soil just above it), groundwater is more likely.

    Chapter 10

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  • Thank you, ruzuzu.

    February 17, 2017

  • Ah, qms. Another delight. Thank you.

    February 17, 2017

  • The dilettante's blossom is bright

    But withers in weather and light.

    The deep-rooted scholar,

    Though paler and smaller,

    Persists like a phreatophyte.

    February 17, 2017