understory

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under- +‎ story

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understory (plural understories)

  1. The layer of plants that grow in the shade of the canopy of a forest.
    Synonyms: underbrush, undergrowth
    Antonym: overstory
    • 2003, Frank S. Gilliam, Mark R. Roberts, The Herbaceous Layer in Forests of Eastern North America, OUP USA (→ISBN), page 38:
      Light availability is the primary limiting resource for understory plants of eastern deciduous forests, and their long-term persistence in these habitats depends on adaptations that enable photosynthesis sufficient to maintain a positive annual carbon balance (Pearcy et al. 1987).

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