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The specialized cell layer from which a root cap originates.
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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.



the formative tissue found in the growing point of a root, giving rise to the rootcap. Calyptrogen, as a rule, is characteristic of monocotyledonous plants. In most dicotyledonous plants, instead of calyptrogen, there is a tissue that also gives rise to the root’s absorbent external piliferous layer; this tissue is called dermatocalyptrogen.

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