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1 (noun) A plant that is associated with human dwellings or agriculture, or one that colonizes waste ground. Ruderals are often weeds which have high demands for nutrients and/or are intolerant of competition. In the classification of plant strategies proposed by J. P. Grime, a plant species found in areas of low stress and high disturbance. Compare competitor and stress-tolerator.

2 (adj.) Applied to such a plant.

Subjects: Plant Sciences and Forestry — Ecology and Conservation.

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