Geophyte

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1. Plant that overwinters by dying back to underground structure.

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Comparison of growth forms.
Source: http://hvp.osu.edu/hcs300/glossary/growth.htm


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Geophytes have buds in dry ground, including Crocus, Tulipa, and many others in the Liliaceae, Amaryllidaceae, and other families.
Source: http://pacificbulbsociety.org/pbswiki/index.php/Geophyte