Exercise A Roots to Anchor and Absorb

Weeds With Tap Fibrous Roots

The typical plant root is a vertical, underground axis, and as such it provides the plant with a firm footing in the soil. Roots also function as the primary source of water and mineral absorption. Additionally, roots are often storage sites for plants. In arid regions, the root may store water. Roots may also be enlarged for the storage of starch, an energy reserve. The root systems are organized as either tap or fibrous. Common to many dicots, a tap root system has a single main root,...