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Voting Booth: Botany Quiz: Plants adapted for survival in dry conditions are called what?

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dave

September 8, 2008
9:50 AM

Post #5523489

There are a total of 526 votes:


Bryophytes
(4 votes, 0%)
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Epiphytes
(33 votes, 6%)
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Europhytes
(4 votes, 0%)
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Heliophytes
(16 votes, 3%)
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Mesophytes
(9 votes, 1%)
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Ombrophytes
(2 votes, 0%)
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Saprophytes
(2 votes, 0%)
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Xerophytes
(452 votes, 85%)
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Zoophytes
(4 votes, 0%)
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Previous Polls...and the answer is: Xerophytes

gk1153
Paris, IL
(Zone 6a)

September 8, 2008
10:27 AM

Post #5523528

After joining DG I ran into the word "xeriscaping" and looked it up. Logic helped me to guess correctly.
dmdula
Morganton, NC

September 8, 2008
10:47 AM

Post #5523554

Wow, I got it right! I had xeriscaping in mind,so i thought that made sense!
gessiegail
Taft, TX
(Zone 9a)

September 8, 2008
1:14 PM

Post #5523947

I don't have a clue...now I will have to look up all those names in the dictionary (LOL)
JaxFlaGardener
Jacksonville, FL
(Zone 8b)

September 8, 2008
2:59 PM

Post #5524424

Instead of the dictionary, you can also use the Dave's Garden "Gardenology"

Bryophyte: http://davesgarden.com/guides/terms/go/2252.html

Epiphyte: http://davesgarden.com/guides/terms/go/304.html

Europhyte: http://davesgarden.com/guides/terms/go/3443.html

Heliophyte: http://davesgarden.com/guides/terms/go/3444.html

Mesophyte: http://davesgarden.com/guides/terms/go/2687.html

Ombrophyte: http://davesgarden.com/guides/terms/go/3441.html

Saprophyte: http://davesgarden.com/guides/terms/go/1563.html

Xerophyte: http://davesgarden.com/guides/terms/go/1706.html

Zoophyte: http://davesgarden.com/guides/terms/go/2431.html

You can add your own definition or enhancement to these terms in "Gardenology," or create a page for the definition of a gardening term that you don't find in "Gardenology."

Dave's Garden: "For Gardeners... By Gardeners." In other words, if you don't do it, it may not get done. LOL

Jeremy
Nan
SW, WI
(Zone 4b)

September 8, 2008
3:12 PM

Post #5524475

Knew that one from my interest in Xerophytic ferns!

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

September 8, 2008
3:22 PM

Post #5524495

Quoting:Definition of europhyte

Search Terms:

Categorized under "General"

Definition as written by Terry:

A plant that is adapted to growing in leaf mould.


Surely, a plant that likes Europe ;-)

Resin
AYankeeCat
Fairfield County, CT
(Zone 6b)

September 8, 2008
4:58 PM

Post #5524872

We are a smart bunch, aren't we?
fernman23
HENDERSON, NV
(Zone 9a)

September 8, 2008
6:20 PM

Post #5525156

Easy but tricky, as epiphytes draw moisture from the air, right, so roots are in air not water; still, tricky tricky tricky, lol~ but i got it right~thank God! lol...
:D
KyWoods
Melbourne, KY
(Zone 6a)

September 8, 2008
7:36 PM

Post #5525432

Nan, there are xerophytic ferns?? I want some! Please tell me more!
brigidlily
Lumberton, TX
(Zone 8b)

September 8, 2008
7:36 PM

Post #5525435

(I figured epiphytes were plants that went to the episcopal church...)

(heliophytes... plants that float away if you let go of the string?)
KyWoods
Melbourne, KY
(Zone 6a)

September 8, 2008
9:25 PM

Post #5525858

ROFL, are we a silly bunch, or what?
JaxFlaGardener
Jacksonville, FL
(Zone 8b)

September 8, 2008
9:31 PM

Post #5525888

Fliteorphyte - a plant with two choices when faced with a confrontational situation

Jeremy

Terry

Terry
Murfreesboro, TN
(Zone 7a)


September 8, 2008
10:56 PM

Post #5526242

Here's an interesting list of -phytes: http://www.bio.net/bionet/mm/plant-ed/1996-February/000464.html
KyWoods
Melbourne, KY
(Zone 6a)

September 8, 2008
11:39 PM

Post #5526466

What an interesting site! Thanks, Terry!
randbponder
Hornick, IA
(Zone 4b)

September 8, 2008
11:44 PM

Post #5526500

Just like gk1153, I knew Xeriscaping, was for dry or arid gardening. So I gessed at the right word. And it matched Wow.

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

September 9, 2008
12:19 AM

Post #5526652

moi aussi!! Got it in 1!!
grampapa
Wheatfield, NY
(Zone 6a)

September 9, 2008
1:25 AM

Post #5526999

Me, too. A guess, but an educated one.
plantladylin
South Daytona, FL
(Zone 9b)

September 9, 2008
2:26 AM

Post #5527382

Woo Hoo ... can't believe I got it right on the first guess! But, in our area I have heard of Xeriscaping for the past ten or so years, so I guess I should get that one right! LOL.
Nan
SW, WI
(Zone 4b)

September 9, 2008
4:45 PM

Post #5529606

Kywoods...Xerophytic ferns are so interesting because they demand moisture at the roots, but prefer their foliage to be dry. Their 'leathery' fronds can take a lot more sun than the 'average' fern.
They seem such an anomaly when one thinks 'fern'.

The common button fern is technically a Xerophytic fern...though many reference books will STILL say that they should be kept in a terrarium and should be misted.

I've got a few books with lots of info...just haven't had time to read 'em lately...try a google search using the term...you'll get lots of info!
fernman23
HENDERSON, NV
(Zone 9a)

September 9, 2008
5:55 PM

Post #5529824

My Button fern made it thru the summer here, Vinca at the bottom as ground cover to keep it cool, in temps over 100 degrees throughout the year so far. About 5 hours of early sun every day, is all...
peace
:D
Marilynbeth
Hebron, KY

September 9, 2008
7:11 PM

Post #5530132

I knew it was Xerophytes.

I've been xeriscaping in some of my flower beds since Spring 2005 because of High Country Gardens! http://davesgarden.com/products/gwd/c/28/

High Country Gardens is a Watchdog 30 company.

I love their selection of Agastaches, Lavenders, Salvias and all the plants they offer and continue to offer new each catalog (Spring and Fall)

I'm addicted to xeriscaping for some of my garden plants and to HCG!

Marilyn

This message was edited Sep 9, 2008 3:12 PM
KyWoods
Melbourne, KY
(Zone 6a)

September 9, 2008
8:32 PM

Post #5530458

Thanks Nan and Fernman for the info on the ferns!
City_Sylvia
Dallas, TX

September 9, 2008
11:32 PM

Post #5531207

Sooo what do the rest of them mean?

Bookerc1

Bookerc1
Mackinaw, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 10, 2008
3:53 AM

Post #5532370

Probably would have missed this one in my pre-DG days, unless I ran across the term xeriscaping in one of my gardening mags. Just another reminder of how much I've learned here!

Terry

Terry
Murfreesboro, TN
(Zone 7a)


September 10, 2008
12:36 PM

Post #5533062

Sylvia, I *think* they are all in Gardenology: http://davesgarden.com/guides/terms/search.php?search_text=phyte

At least that was the goal when I put the poll together ;o)
hopflower
Santa Rosa, CA
(Zone 9a)

September 10, 2008
2:56 PM

Post #5533643

I knew some of them, but not all. Good to learn these things!
JaxFlaGardener
Jacksonville, FL
(Zone 8b)

September 10, 2008
7:43 PM

Post #5534892

I listed all the DG Gardenology links for each of the terms in my first post above (4th post down in this poll). But maybe the intent was for each person to do their own research and homework and learn how to use the DG Gardenology feature? LOL

Jeremy
drdon
Temecula, CA
(Zone 8b)

September 10, 2008
11:22 PM

Post #5535726

I'm partial to the Francophyte,

I'm assuming it's a plant that will only eat French fertilizer. Very chic indeed.
redheadedwonder11
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

September 11, 2008
3:33 AM

Post #5536928

Yay. I am an awesome educated guesser :)
flowergenie
Fruitland, ID
(Zone 6a)

September 11, 2008
5:17 AM

Post #5537177

I guess living in Phoenix for ten years paid off. I knew this one! When water is short, you have a gravel yard with such plants to choose from to landscape with. I do miss some of those plants.

beebonnet

beebonnet
Coos Bay, OR
(Zone 9a)

September 11, 2008
3:25 PM

Post #5538456

Xeroscape is a word often used now in Gardening Mags and articles these days, so I guessed correctly.
Potagere

September 11, 2008
6:17 PM

Post #5539173

I need some of those Francophytes!

beebonnet

beebonnet
Coos Bay, OR
(Zone 9a)

September 12, 2008
10:24 PM

Post #5544105

Francophytes?? Gee---I need some zoophytes. Then I could have a phyte at the zoo. But, Franco doesn't phyte. Yikes!! I've been canning too long today.
gessiegail
Taft, TX
(Zone 9a)

September 13, 2008
2:37 AM

Post #5545024

I first heard the word when I went back to New Mexico State University in '89 in the horticultural department. Thought it was the weirdest concept and so ridiculous...I was soooo wrong!
wtliftr
Wilson's Mills, NC

September 13, 2008
5:29 PM

Post #5547103

A LOT of people in NC have been looking into xeriscaping, thanks to the drought that officially "just ended" with Hanna a week ago. As for me, being a language major helps with all of these word roots. As well as being a cactus fanatic (over 50 types of cacti and succulents at home!)
hellnzn11
Rosamond, CA
(Zone 8b)

September 14, 2008
11:34 PM

Post #5552165

I too got 1 right for once and xeriscape did not escape me in guessing correctly.

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