Definitions for "Sclerophyllous"
Leathery type leaves with a thick waxy cuticle that reduces water loss in plants.
Having tough, leathery leaves–. In the tropics it is a characteristic of heath forest.
Plants characterized by hard, woody leaves, which snap rather than bend, and high carbon to nitrogen ratios which make them unpalatable to browsers. Typical of plants found on nutrient-poor soils, especially Fynbos.