prop root


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prop root

n.
An aerial root that arises from a stem or trunk, penetrates the soil, and helps support the plant, as in mangroves. Also called stilt root.

prop root

n
(Botany) a root that grows from and supports the stem above the ground in plants such as mangroves
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Noun1.prop root - a root that grows from and supports the stem above the ground in plants such as mangrovesprop root - a root that grows from and supports the stem above the ground in plants such as mangroves
root - (botany) the usually underground organ that lacks buds or leaves or nodes; absorbs water and mineral salts; usually it anchors the plant to the ground
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Mangrove prop roots were dense (linear prop root count per meter ~40) making it impossible to swim between grounded roots.
racemosa (21-25cm stem diameter at base just above the highest prop root, 6-8m tall) which are indigenous in the QIRE.
The kids saw an animal crouched on a prop root in a ray of sunlight.
1-2: Red mangroves are distinguished from other mangroves by their distinctive prop roots that arch gracefully over the sediment, FWRI's Carlson explains.
Remove sand from clam pass and associated flood shoal areas, a minimum of a 5-15 foot buffer would be maintained between the dredging and any mangrove prop roots adjacent to the dredge template.
The flat cerulean glass of the Java Sea turning to a billion flashing silver coins as baitfish fled pursuing Bonito; curling Polynesian combers crashing on the outer reefs and trade winds singing through the prop roots and fans of pandanus palms; the musty smell of drying copra; the perfume of a cargo of vanilla at the dock, and the tang of fresh-caught lagoon crab--this guy knew my world and painted it beautifully with words.
Phytochemical and pharmacological evaluation of prop roots of Pandanus fascicularis Lam.
The medusae are found at the edge of mangrove lagoons in between the prop roots.
In Florida and the Caribbean, red mangroves form canopied canals over spindly prop roots.
Once contamination takes place, the possibility of recovering the environment may be limited: if mangrove prop roots become oiled, the entire mangrove tree may die.
These aptly named prop roots are found most commonly on plants growing in marshes and mud flats.
It's easily recognised thanks to the mass of red stilt-like roots, known as prop roots, that it produces.