One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A bud that grows from the axil of a leaf and may develop into a branch or flower cluster.Also called lateral bud
- ‘Each long shoot extends sympodially, bearing three to seven leaves with axillary buds in alternate phyllotaxis.’
- ‘If the leaf left behind was developmentally very young, both the axillary bud and roots grew out only on the leaf side.’
- ‘In most species, removal of the shoot apex allows axillary buds to grow out due to a phenomenon called apical dominance.’
- ‘Whereas leaves remain microscopic even when fully developed, each spine cluster is a modified axillary bud, thus indicating the site where a leaf primordium was formed.’
- ‘In Amaranthus blitoides and A. crispus the main shoot usually begins to branch during seedling development from axillary buds associated with the cotyledons.’
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