buttress root


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buttress root

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(Botany) a tree root that extends above ground as a platelike outgrowth of the trunk supporting the tree. Buttress roots are mainly found in trees of tropical rain forests
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The least perching height value was 1.2 m on a buttress root. Several individuals foraged actively for insects, mostly termites that flourished on the old trees' trunks.
Stone adzes would have been used to cut and shape the plank from the buttress root of a tree and the design carved with a small sharp tool such as a hand-held flake, bone chisel or boar tusk (although this has not been confirmed).
As he slowly advanced, internal forces moved me forward to inspect his biz pole with its seven figures carved from a mangrove tree trunk whose buttress root served as a phallic extension.
the contractor is required to excavate approximately 2,000 tree stumps on the site; this includes the removal of the tree stumps with associated buttress roots and root ball, etc.
There are sturdy buttress roots below and pen-thin palms towering above the forest canopy.
A thick mist swirls through the forest, where the muddy ground has turned to soup, and buttress roots protrude from the earth like veins in a weightlifter's arm, providing ample seclusion for Costa Rica's rainbow collection of frogs.
Crook MJ, Ennos AR, Banks JR (1997) The function of buttress roots: a comparative study of the anchorage systems of buttressed (Aglaia and Nephelium ramboutan species) and non-buttressed (Mallotus wrayi) tropical trees.
As the boat heads off back down the Alto Madre de Dins river, Andy and I climb up the steep slope and into the rainforest, stopping every now and then so I can photograph some of the ancient trees beside the path, their huge buttress roots flaring out like fins.
I'm surrounded by towering trees, huge buttress roots, thick dangling vines, giant ferns, the hoots and calls of countless birds and mammals and the incessant whine of crickets.
Curved buttress roots extend their grip across a forest floor wriggling with life including maggot-like leeches that stick to my skin like superglue.
Curved buttress roots extend their grip across a forest floor wriggling with life - including maggot-like leeches that stick to my skin like superglue.
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