What is vegetation?

  • (noun): Inactivity that is passive and monotonous, comparable to the inactivity of plant life.
    Example: "Their holiday was spent in sleep and vegetation"
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Vegetation is a very general term for the plant life; it refers to the ground cover provided by plants. It is a general term, without specific reference to particular taxa, life forms, structure, spatial extent, or any other specific botanical or geographic characteristics. It is broader than the term flora which refers exclusively to species composition. Perhaps the closest synonym is plant community, but vegetation can, and often does, refer to a wider range of spatial scales than that term does, including scales as large as the global. Primeval redwood forests, coastal mangrove stands, sphagnum bogs, desert soil crusts, roadside weed patches, wheat fields, cultivated gardens and lawns; all are encompassed by the term vegetation.

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Some articles on vegetation:

Silva Gallinaria - Vegetation
... In this case, from underwater vegetation on the seabed persist meadows of Posidonia ocean, while on shore you notice a large presence of vegetation sand heaths, crucial for stabilizing the function that performs on ...
Global Vegetation Patterns and Determinants
... At regional and global scales there is predictability of certain vegetation characteristics, especially physiognomic ones, which are related to the predictability in certain ...
Calyptocephalella Gayi - Reproduction
... The female lays eggs in water bodies containing abundant vegetation ... larval survival depends on the presence of vegetation as the existence of movements in the body of water maintain good oxygenation, but the presence of seasonal ponds with some degree of drainage is ... cooler areas of the body of water and protective aquatic vegetation, unlike toad larvae that occupy the same sites and have a higher degree of pigmentation that protects them from the solar rays ...
Leslie Desmond Foster Vesey-Fitzgerald - Works (selected)
1940 On the Vegetation of Seychelles 1955 The Vegetation of the Outbreak Areas of the Red Locust (Nomadacris Septemfasciata Serv.) in Tanganyika and Northern Rhodesia 1955 ... of Ecology 43477-489 1957 The Vegetation of the Red Sea coast north of Jedda. 1957 The vegetation of Central and Eastern Arabia ...

More definitions of "vegetation":

  • (noun): All the plant life in a particular region.
    Synonyms: flora
  • (noun): The process of growth in plants.
  • (noun): An abnormal growth or excrescence (especially a warty excrescence on the valves of the heart).

Famous quotes containing the word vegetation:

    We love to see any redness in the vegetation of the temperate zone. It is the color of colors. This plant speaks to our blood.... What a perfect maturity it arrives at! It is the emblem of a successful life concluded by a death not premature, which is an ornament to Nature. What if we were to mature as perfectly, root and branch, glowing in the midst of our decay, like the poke!
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)

    I would not have every man nor every part of a man cultivated, any more than I would have every acre of earth cultivated: part will be tillage, but the greater part will be meadow and forest, not only serving an immediate use, but preparing a mould against a distant future, by the annual decay of the vegetation which it supports.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)

    When the ground was partially bare of snow, and a few warm days had dried its surface somewhat, it was pleasant to compare the first tender signs of the infant year just peeping forth with the stately beauty of the withered vegetation which had withstood the winter ... decent weeds, at least, which widowed Nature wears.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)