rootstock

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rootstock:

see rhizomerhizome
or rootstock,
fleshy, creeping underground stem by means of which certain plants propagate themselves. Buds that form at the joints produce new shoots.
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rootstock

[′rüt‚stäk]
(botany)
A root or part of a root used as the stock for grafting.

rootstock

1. another name for rhizome
2. another name for stock
3. Biology a basic structure from which offshoots have developed