- the main stem of a tree, especially a palm or tree fern.
- the woody or thickened persistent base of an herbaceous perennial.
Origin of caudex
Examples from the Web for caudex
Historical Examples of caudex
Kydia continues; a fine Palm, caudex 8-10-pedali; it probably belongs to the genus Wallichia?
The name of a book, caudex, codex, was first given to these tabellae when they were strung together to form a square book.Old English Libraries
Where the stem of the Fern is upright it is properly termed a caudex, whilst in its horizontal form it is spoken of as a rhizome.
A very characteristic feature of the Male Fern is its stout and sometimes very upright stem or caudex.
Caudex arhorescens cicatricibus basibusve foliorum exasperatus?
- the thickened persistent stem base of some herbaceous perennial plants
- the woody stem of palms and tree ferns
Word Origin for caudex
- The thickened, usually underground base of the stem of many perennial herbaceous plants, from which new leaves and flowering stems arise.
- The trunk of a palm or tree fern.