buttress root

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buttress root

n
(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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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.
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.
Choose from the following: chlorophyll; buttress roots; cacti; frond; fruit; root; leaf; pith; stigma; photosynthesis; bark; stem; tubers
(12) The wood used for the shields came from the buttress roots of trees called lu lat^t, or lu bawanit.
These are three branches of human thoughts that entangle themselves like the buttress roots of a tropical tree.
It has an open, regular branching structure, seriously strong buttress roots, always has fine autumn colour and loves having its feet in water; making it the perfect alternative to willow and poplar for waterlogged soil.