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stolon,slender, creeping stem capable of taking root where its nodes touch the ground and thereby producing new shoots. The runner itself usually dies at the end of the season, leaving independent new plants. Among the plants that propagate by means of runners are the strawberry, the black raspberry, white clover, and some grasses.
in plants, an herbaceous shoot that spreads along the ground and sometimes becomes rooted. Runners characterize squashes, watermelons, and cucumbers. They have shorter inter-nodes than stolons.
in plants, an aboveground stolon. In Russian, the term usy is used to designate runners with long internodes and scalelike leaves, as distinguished from pleti, which have green leaves with developed blades. Runners function in vegetative propagation and are used for this purpose in the cultivation of strawberries and other crops.