root system


The configuration of a plant's various roots. See more at fibrous root taproot.
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Examples from the Web for root system

  • It is not necessary to try to shape the root-system to any formal regularity.

    The Apple-Tree|L. H. Bailey
  • Success in using the antidote depends upon bringing it in contact with every part of the root-system of the plant.

  • This may give an idea of the odd and strange appearance of the root-system in a mangrove forest.

    The Romance of Plant Life|G. F. Scott Elliot
  • As a good part of the root-system is destroyed when the tree is dug, so is the top reduced to insure something like a balance.

    The Apple-Tree|L. H. Bailey