from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A special vegetative form attained in process of growth, characteristic of a species, or oftener common to many species, but implying no genetic affinity. Shrub, herb, and sprouting fungus are growth-forms.
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This process decreases the numbers of low, damaged growth-form individuals in the population, and increases the numbers of upright, tree-form stems.
Environmental science student Stephanie Daley is looking at the effects of sheltering from the wind on the growth and establishment of a strange growth-form of Balsam Fir and White Spruce called 'Krummholz.'