noun, plural: macrophytes

A macroscopic plant, commonly used to descibe aquatic plant, that is large enough to be visible to the naked eye.


A macrophyte may be an emergent, submergent or floating type of an aquatic plant. Its ecological significance is to provide cover for fish and acts as substrate for aquatic invertebrates, as well as to produce oxygen and serve as food for some fish and other wildlife.

Compare: microphyte.

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