One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A plant that grows best in calcareous soil (occurring chiefly on chalk and limestone)as modifier ‘a rich calcicole flora’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Within the shoot, the control of Ca is a major tolerance mechanism of calcicole species and its partitioning might provide another potential screen.’
- ‘The Ca concentrations in calcifuge and calcicole plants growing in their natural habitats differ markedly.’
- ‘A lower proportion of leaf Ptot is present as water-soluble, inorganic phosphate in calcifuges than in calcicoles grown on calcareous soil.’
Late 19th century: from calci- + Latin colere ‘inhabit’.
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