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  • adj. Having a specialized lateral growth pattern in which the apical meristem is terminated.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Composed of superposed branches in such a way as to imitate a simple axis.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In botany, having the character of or resulting in a sympodium: as, a sympodial stem; a sympodial growth.
  • In sociology, relating or pertaining to a process of irregular development of social groups analogous to the sympodial development in many plants.


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  • It would be highly sympodial, that is, capable of adaptation to any environment.

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  • Extensive variation in inflorescence complexity is found in the nightshade (Solanaceae) family, where flowering marks the end of main shoot growth, and vegetative aerial growth is renewed from axillary meristems in a perennial growth system known as "sympodial" [

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  • The rhizomes of sympodial bamboo multiply with short links symmetrically outward in a circle from which the bamboo shoots grow, forming clumps.

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  • Most of you will recall my mentioning before that it was a paradox that a pure sympodial development, such as this creature is, did not populate the entire universe.

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  • Flattened gray and black ovals indicate sets of leaves in alternating sympodial units.

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  • Numbers indicate total number of leaves in each sympodial unit, which are indicated by brackets.

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  • Note that there are more sympodial units, inflorescences and leaves along each shoot of sft/+ heterozygotes compared to M82-determinate and sft/sft

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  • Black and gray arrows represent axillary shoots preceding the inflorescence in each sympodial unit.

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  • Furthermore, it is well-documented that sympodial shoot growth in tomato is highly sensitive to light intensity, which could also contribute to quantitative variation between accessions.

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  • S, COMPOUND INFLORESCENCE; SIM, sympodial inflorescence meristem; SYM, sympodial shoot meristem

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