Re: [IGS] Intro and a question or two.
Carolyn: From teh GardenWeb Glossary of Botanical Terms:
caudex 1. A trunk, especially that of a tree-fern. 2. The persistent,
sometimes woody, base of an otherwise annual herbaceous stem.
Gorden Rowley in Caudiciform and Pachycaul Succulents defines caudex as:
"The axis of a plant, consisting of of stem and root."
In botanical usage it generally refers to the transitional area between
the stem and root. A plant is caudiciform when this area is enlarged.
It may be above or below ground. Botanists like to maintain a clear
distinction between stems and roots since they have different internal
structures. Plants don't always cooperate.
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