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Climbers such as Derris trifoliata and Dalbergia spinosa, undershrubs of Suaeda spp. and Acanthus ilicifolius and, very rarely, Sonneratia apetala, Xylocarpus mekongensis, Salicornia brachiata, Arthrocnemum indicum, and Sesuvium portulacastrum provide additional structure to these forests.
The general aspect of the various species which compose this genus of labiate plants, although presenting very characteristic differences, merges gradually from one species to another; all are, in their native habitat, small ligneous undershrubs of from one to two feet in height, with a thin bark, which detaches itself in scales; the leaves are linear, persistent, and covered with numerous hairs, which give the plant a hoary appearance.
The undershrubs are chiefly a Rhamnoidea, and a Phyllanthus.
Otherwise the ground is dry, and tolerably well drained; it appears to have been formerly wooded; at present the environs are occupied by undershrubs.
When I say undershrubs, I mean that such is their present appearance.
Small undershrubs, producing bright yellow flowers in profusion in July and August; 2-4 ft.
They should but hibernate, as snugly as the bear, the squirrel, the bee; and who that ever in full health of mind and body saw spring come back to a Northern garden of blossoming trees, shrubs and undershrubs has not rejoiced in a year of four clear-cut seasons?
The Amateur Garden George Washington Cable 1884
In their anxiety for this they jostle one another down most mercilessly, in the native condition, grasses struggling up with their hollow stems above the prone low herbs, shrubs overtopping the grasses in turn, and trees once more killing out the overshadowed undershrubs.
Science in Arcady Grant Allen 1873
The scrub shows no turfy greensward; grasses, which elsewhere carpet the ground, were almost unknown till introduced from Europe; in the wild lands, bushes, and undershrubs of ancient aspect cover the soil, remarkable for their stiff, dry, wiry foliage, their vertically instead of horizontally flattened leaves, and their general dead blue-green or glaucous colour.
Falling in Love With Other Essays on More Exact Branches of Science Grant Allen 1873