stolon (runner)

A stem specialized for vegetative spread, growing horizontally from the base of a plant close to the soil surface. New shoots develop from the nodes, from which adventitious roots may also develop to give whole plants. The strawberry is a well known example, and many grasses also spread by stolons



This definition is abridged from A – Z of tree terms: A companion to British arboriculture.
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