palustrine

[ pə-lŭstrēn ]

Relating to a system of inland, nontidal wetlands characterized by the presence of trees, shrubs, and emergent vegetation (vegetation that is rooted below water but grows above the surface). Palustrine wetlands range from permanently saturated or flooded land (as in marshes, swamps, and lake shores) to land that is wet only seasonally (as in vernal pools). Compare lacustrine marine riverine.

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Example sentences from the Web for palustrine

  • Strobel and Pigorini have ascertained that the palustrine dwellings bore a great similarity to those on the Swiss lakes.

    Primitive Man|Louis Figuier