What are the main functions and modifications in these plant parts-
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.Aerial Roots – are aerial nodes that develop from the stem and go into the soil. Example: stilt roots of sugarcane and maize, prop roots of banyan trees which provide reinforcement to the stout branches.
3.Parasitic Roots – arise from stem and penetrate into the host plant. They are called ‘Haustria’. Example: Cuscuta.
4.Respiratory Roots – have pores and are found in plants that thrive in swamps, e.g. Rhizophora.
5.Assimilatory Roots – contain chlorophyll and perform the function of carbon assimilation, e.g. Trapa roots.
6.Epiphytic roots – are aerial roots which absorb moisture from air, e.g. Vanda roots.
Stem Modifications – In some plants the stem is modified to perform different functions, viz.
(i)Rhizomes- underground modifications of the stem. They bear nodes and store food material, e.g. ginger, grass and canna.
(ii)Tuber- are swollen tips of underground branches that store food, e.g. potato.
(iii)Corm – underground stem which bears leaves, e.g. saffron, gladiolus.
(iv)Bulb – is a modified underground stem in the form of a disc-like structure that bears fleshy leaves that store food material,
(vi)Tendril – an aerial modification of the stem where the stem becomes a long, slender, coiling structure serving as an organ of attachment for certain climbing plants. It helps the plant to climb up the support, such as grapes
Leaves prepare food for the plant