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growing point

noun, Botany
the undifferentiated end of a root, shoot, or vegetative axis consisting of a single cell or group of cells that divide to form primary meristematic tissue.
Origin of growing point
1825-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • At this time, the growing point is elevated and in a vulnerable position.
  • New plants from mail order nurseries usually are sold as small clumps or single sprouts with one growing point.
  • It is not recommended for heavy grazing in late spring or summer due to an elevated growing point.
  • It is generally not recommended for haying, because it is difficult to harvest above its natural growing point.
  • Unfortunately once the growing point is removed, the tree will die.
  • If mild temperatures resume and the growing point is intact, green leaves may grow back.
  • During elongation, the growing point is elevated and is in a vulnerable position.
  • Because pale western cutworms cut stems, if the growing point is destroyed, the plants cannot recover from damage.
  • Starch is present in the sugarcane stalk but is much more abundant in the leaves and growing point region.
  • In subsequent years they may have one or two of the characteristic palmate leaves, emerging from the same growing point.

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