Last updated: May 31, 2021

What Does Axil Mean?

An axil is the angle between the upper side of a leaf and the stem from which it grows. Knowing the location of the axil helps you to locate the bud, because in flowering plants buds develop in the axils of leaves. These types of buds are known as axillary buds.

An axil can also be the position above a leaf scar.

On marijuana plants, an axillary bud is a bud borne in the axil of the leaf. Inflorescences, the complete flower head of a plant including its stems, stalks, bracts, and flowers, is found in the axils of the upper leaves of the cannabis plant.


Maximum Yield Explains Axil

Axil is derived from the Latin word axillia.

Generally, the axil is the place on the plant where the leaves meet the main stem. In marijuana plants, these have special cells that will grow into either side branches or into flowers. The little stalk that holds and supports the main blade of the leaf or leaflets is known as the petiole. It also joins the root system at the soil level.

The ‘apical bud’ or ‘terminal bud’ is located at the top of the plant. These are typically the biggest and the most potent buds in the cannabis plants and are often referred to as colas. The ‘floral bud’ is an axillary bud that has gotten the chemical signals to begin flowering. Consequently, these are the precious parts of the plant that are harvested for their recreational and medical effects.

In botany, an axil is important as it can help to identify the species of a plant. Knowing this information can help horticulturalists better care for their plants by searching for methods specific to a particular plant’s care. While the axil does not directly contribute to a plant, it indirectly helps in its identification and care as it can help identify the location of the bud.


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