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pioneer plant

pioneer plant A plant that occurs early in a vegetational succession. Pioneer species possess characters that suit them to their ecological niches, notably rapid growth, the production of copious, small, easily dispersed seed, and the ability to germinate and establish themselves on open sites.

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