Definition of calcicole in English:

calcicole

Line breaks: cal¦ci|cole
Pronunciation: /ˈkalsɪkəʊl
 
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noun

Botany
A plant that grows best in calcareous soil (occurring chiefly on chalk and limestone): [as modifier]: a rich calcicole flora
More example sentences
  • A lower proportion of leaf Ptot is present as water-soluble, inorganic phosphate in calcifuges than in calcicoles grown on calcareous soil.
  • The Ca concentrations in calcifuge and calcicole plants growing in their natural habitats differ markedly.
  • The diverse herbaceous flora included three species of calciphilic sedges, Carex albursina, Carex jamesii and Carex laxiculmis, and a fern Diplazium pycnocarpon, which is also a calcicole.

Origin

late 19th century: from calci- + Latin colere 'inhabit'.

Derivatives

calcicolous

adjective
More example sentences
  • On the opposite side of the island is the richest area for calcicolous bryophytes in the county.
  • The range of calcicolous plants includes kidney vetch, crested hair-grass, and wild thyme.
  • Extreme limestone locations are dominated by a group of calcicolous grass-like species.

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