Definition of Caudex

1. Noun. Persistent thickened stem of a herbaceous perennial plant.

Exact synonyms: Stock
Generic synonyms: Stalk, Stem



2. Noun. Woody stem of palms and tree ferns.
Generic synonyms: Stalk, Stem

Definition of Caudex

1. n. The stem of a tree., esp. a stem without a branch, as of a palm or a tree fern; also, the perennial rootstock of an herbaceous plant.

Definition of Caudex

1. Noun. (botany) An enlargement of the stem, branch or root of a woody plant, usually serving to store water. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Caudex

1. the woody base of some plants [n -DICES or -DEXES]

Medical Definition of Caudex

1. A thick, erect trunk. (09 Oct 1997)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Caudex

caudatan
caudatans
caudate
caudate branches
caudate lobe
caudate nucleus
caudate process
caudated
caudates
caudation
caudations
caudatolenticular
caudatum
caudectomies
caudectomy
caudex (current term)
caudexes
caudices
caudicle
caudicles
caudiform
caudillismo
caudillismos
caudillo
caudillos
caudle
caudled
caudles
caudling
caudocephalad

Literary usage of Caudex

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. A Class-book of Botany by Alphonso Wood (1851)
"It consists of a thick, fleshy caudex, tapering downwards, and also, for a short space, upwards. It sends off from the sides and extremity, thread-like ..."

2. The Floricultural Cabinet, and Florists Magazine by Joseph Harrison (1850)
"Bright green, delicate, and pretty ; fronds nearly triangular in outline, annual; height four to eight inches; caudex creeping. ..."

3. Cyclopedia of American Horticulture: Comprising Suggestions for Cultivation by Liberty Hyde Bailey, Wilhelm Miller (1900)
"caudex about 30 ft. high, smaller and more slender than the preceding: Ivs. 4-8 ... Lvs. clustered from an erect caudex, bipinnate, 3-6 ft. long ; pinnules ..."

4. The Natural History of Plants: Their Forms, Growth, Reproduction, and by Anton Kerner von Marilaun, Francis Wall Oliver (1902)
"The caudex of tree-ferns and cycads also remains comparatively short. When travellers speak of the gigantic trunks of tree-ferns, they only mean gigantic in ..."

5. Synoptical Flora of North America: The Gamopetalae, Being a Second Edition by Asa Gray (1888)
"... at tli-< apex: ring of disk-corollas beardless: perennial, with more fleshy leaves aii'l thickened succulent stem or caudex : the heads large and showy. ..."

6. New Manual of Botany of the Central Rocky Mountains (vascular Plants) by John Merle Coulter, Aven Nelson (1909)
"caudex branches with enlarged crowns sheathed with the dead caudex open with slender naked branches 4. S. latifolius. petioles 3. ..."

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