Buds

A bud is a condensed stem which is very short and has small folded leaves attached, both enclosing and protecting it. On the outside the leaves are often thicker and dark to resist drying and damage from animals and disease. A meristem is present at the tip of the stem, from which a flower or vegetative growth will emerge. A terminal bud is present at the tip of a main stem and will grow out to increase its length. Where leaves join the stem, axillary buds may grow into lateral shoots, or may remain dormant.

Figure 5.5 Structure of a bud: (a) Brussels sprout and (b) magnified image

Bud scales - Foliage leaves Terminal bud Shoot apex Axillary bud Stem

Bud scales - Foliage leaves Terminal bud Shoot apex Axillary bud Stem

Figure 5.5 Structure of a bud: (a) Brussels sprout and (b) magnified image

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