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  • adj. Growing from a dormant or adventitious bud.


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From epi- + corm + -ic.


  • Having invited fire by emitting the volatile oils of their leaves in the heat, the eucalypts would now protect themselves with almost immediate new growth from the hidden epicormic buds beneath the under-bark.


  • It bursts out in pimples or heat bumps where the epicormic buds are about to break out into new shoots.


  • Eucalypts positively thrive on fire, their thick bark protecting the living cambium and the epicormic buds hidden beneath it, ready to sprout again almost immediately.


  • He would paint in watercolour the ruby interior of a hakea-seed capsule, a swift moth emerging from its chrysalis in the sand after night rain, the scarlet breast of a regent parrot picking white moth-caterpillars off the green-amber new growth of a dwarf Angophora, green flames of new growth exploding from the tops of grass trees like Roman candles or the epicormic growth of buds bursting out of the burnt bark of eucalypts.


  • However, it has been known to form epicormic shoots after fire or when damaged by other natural causes.

    6. Best-Known Species

  • You should see a vase-shape of branches emerging from the trunk, but on poorly pruned trees, there is also usually a mass of unproductive upright stems - epicormic growth - coming from the centre, and it's these you want to remove, along with larger, obviously dead, diseased or crossing boughs. - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph

  • Next, it's time to take your secateurs to those whippy upright epicormic wands. - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph

  • Other signs of infestation include tree canopy dieback, yellowing, extensive sprouting from the roots and trunk (called "epicormic shoots").

    Media Newswire

  • Steve grabbed onto an epicormic branch (a flimsy, fan-shaped spray of needles) that developed out of a scar on the larger tree’s trunk.

    The Wild Trees (copy)


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