Fibrous Root

Definition - What does Fibrous Root mean?

In contrast to a taproot system, fibrous roots are normally formed by moderately branching and fairly slender roots that grow directly from the stem. This particular root system has been shown to be universal when it comes to monocotyledonous ferns and plants. Visually-speaking, fibrous roots can look similar to a fanned-out mat when the tree or plant reaches full maturity.

MaximumYield explains Fibrous Root

Some trees can initially start off with a taproot system that consequently evolves into a wide-spreading fibrous system. Grass and coconut palm trees commonly display fibrous root systems. These root systems are characterized by its large cluster of roots that are roughly the same size. Fibrous roots also tend to grow closer to the surface. In most cases, plants with leaves that display parallel venation tend to have fibrous roots.

In forages, the fibrous root system can help in protecting the plants against soil erosion since the roots remain firmly anchored to the upper soil layer.

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