Definition of lithophyte in English:



  • 1Botany
    A plant that grows on bare rock or stone.

    • ‘There are three basic types: lithophytes, which grow on rock surfaces; epiphytes, which are found on trees; and terrestrials, which live in the ground.’
    • ‘The native varieties are lithophyte, which grow on rocks, epiphyte, which grow on trees, and terrestrial orchids which come from a little tuber and are found growing naturally in the Adelaide Hills.’
    • ‘Others are terrestrial - they grow on soil - and then there are lithophytes, which grow on rocks.’
    • ‘They are mostly epiphytes and lithophytes with fleshy or wiry stems that may grow erect or pendant.’
    • ‘Grow lithophytes in baskets, on cork or on gravel or other planting media.’
  • 2Zoology
    A polyp with a calcareous skeleton; a stony coral.