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- n. A starchy enlargement (caudex), usually of a root, of a woody plant, serving to store water.
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It survives the bush fires that are common in the area by dying back to a woody underground rootstock, known as a lignotuber, from which it can resprout later.
While they reflect a broad and weak trend, there are forest types that respond to fire with a flush of fast-burning grasses in the first year and dense shrub & lignotuber regrowth in following years.
(Eucalyptus brandiana), although larger than sweedmaniana, isn't so lucky; it lacks a lignotuber and is killed by fire.