understory (or understorey, underbrush)
Glossary of "Evolution of Plants (2nd ed.)" by Willis & McElwain (2014)
- In a forest, the vegetation between the canopy and the ground storey--usually composed of shade-tolerant trees of moderate height.
- Willis, K. J. & McElwain, J. C. 2014. The Evolution of Plants, 2nd ed. -ix + 398 pp. Oxford University Press, Oxford.