preclimax

noun
pre·climax | \"+\

Definition of preclimax 

: a relatively stable ecological community requiring a lesser amount of available moisture than that generally available to the climax and occurring typically where local soil conditions partially nullify a generally adequate precipitation a grassland preclimax within a forest climax — compare postclimax

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pre- + climax

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