WORD OF THE DAY.


PYROPHYTE


The Word of the Day comes from "THE SECRECT LIFE OF MR ROOS" by Hakan Nesser.




Pyrophytes are plants which have adapted to tolerate fire.

Fire acts favorably for some species. "Passive pyrophytes" resist the effects of fire, particularly when it passes over quickly, and hence can out-compete less resistant plants, which are damaged. "Active pyrophytes" have a similar competing advantage to passive pyrophytes, but they also contain volatile oils and hence encourage the incidence of fires which are beneficial to them. "Pyrophile" plants are plants which require fire in order to complete their cycle of reproduction.

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