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fibrous root

a root, as in most grasses, having numerous, very fine branches of approximately the same length.
a root system that consists of very fine branches. Unabridged
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  • Readily transplantable due to shallow fibrous root system.
  • It has a shallow, fibrous root system and spreads by underground rhizomes.
  • It is a long-lived cool season native with an extensive deep coarse fibrous root system.
  • The transplanting process results in a larger caliper and a more fibrous root system.
  • Southern arrowwood has a fibrous root system and is easily transplanted.
  • The fibrous root system of water hyacinth provides nesting habitat for invertebrates and insects.
  • Its extensive fibrous root system is an excellent adaptation for drought tolerance.
  • The fibrous root system is extensive and does an excellent job of stabilizing sandy soils.
  • Later cultivation with inter-row implements should be shallow to avoid damaging the sunflower's fibrous root system.
  • The container shall be of a size as to permit development of a fibrous root system without the plant becoming root bound.
fibrous root in Science
fibrous root
Any of the roots in a system that is made up of many threadlike members of more or less equal length and is characteristic of monocotelydons. Fibrous roots develop from adventitious roots arising from the plant's stem and usually do not penetrate the soil very deeply. Because their roots attach themselves firmly to soil particles, plants with fibrous root systems are especially useful in preventing soil erosion. Compare taproot.
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