One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A rounded woody growth at or below ground level on some shrubs and trees that grow in areas subject to fire or drought, containing a mass of buds and food reserves.
- ‘Their seedlings become highly ramified, passing through a creeping establishment phase consisting of a decumbent lignotuber with several basal sprouts.’
- ‘We've just heard about lignotubers for example, which allow eucalypts to continue to grow even after a bushfire.’
- ‘She does not consider the most common figlike form to be a seedling, defining it instead as an aerial lignotuber.’
- ‘The latter have developed specialized, enlarged woody growths called lignotubers, which can store nutrients and water in the earth, out of the reach of fire.’
- ‘Once the apex of a lignotuber penetrates below ground, it forms rhizomatous tissue that can generate both aerial shoots and adventitious roots.’
Top tips for CV writingRead more
In this article we explore how to impress employers with a spot-on CV.