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Tap Root

A taproot is an enlarged, somewhat straight to tapering, plant root that grows downward. It forms a center from which other roots sprout laterally. Plants with taproots are difficult to transplant. The presence of a taproot is why dandelions are hard to uprootâ€"the top is pulled, but the long taproot stays in the ground, and resprouts.

The taproot system contrasts with the fibrous root system with many branched roots.
Posted on May 8th, 2014
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