One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Designating or relating to a plant part or organ that tends to take up an oblique or horizontal position with relation to the main axis, usually because its own parts react differently to the influence of external stimuli (such as light, gravity, etc.). Contrasted with orthotropic.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in Sydney Vines (1849–1934), botanist. From plagio- + -tropic, after German plagiotrop.
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