Shrubs


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Shrubs

 

perennial woody plants that branch near the ground (in contrast to trees) and have no main trunk in the adult stage. A shrub is one of the principal plant forms. Only young plants have a main trunk; eventually other branches the same size or larger than the trunk arise from underground or aboveground dormant buds at the base of the maternal and subsequent shoots. Shrubs have a life-span of 10–20 years (rarely, 40–50 years) and a height of 0.8–6.0 m. They are distributed in all vegetation zones but are most varied in dry, continental conditions and in subtropical and subalpine mountain zones. In forests of the temperate zone, shrubs usually form the undergrowth. During the evolution of the plant world, many shrubs probably arose from trees as a result of adaptation to such unfavorable conditions as drought and low temperature, giving rise in turn to subshrubs and perennial herbaceous plants.

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Nor did he fail again to observe, or imagine, an analogy between the beautiful girl and the gorgeous shrub that hung its gemlike flowers over the fountain,--a resemblance which Beatrice seemed to have indulged a fantastic humor in heightening, both by the arrangement of her dress and the selection of its hues.
Approaching the shrub, she threw open her arms, as with a passionate ardor, and drew its branches into an intimate embrace--so intimate that her features were hidden in its leafy bosom and her glistening ringlets all intermingled with the flowers
With these words the beautiful daughter of Rappaccini plucked one of the richest blossoms of the shrub, and was about to fasten it in her bosom.
Giovanni stepped forth, and, forcing himself through the entanglement of a shrub that wreathed its tendrils over the hidden entrance, stood beneath his own window in the open area of Dr.
There was hardly an individual shrub which a wanderer, straying by himself through a forest, would not have been startled to find growing wild, as if an unearthly face had glared at him out of the thicket.
There are some ship's guns," said he, the moment he had drawn breath, "some great cannon, among the rocks, near where the shrub was growing.
You drank the shrub, and now you pretend to have broken the bottle.
The nearer she approached the shrub, the more attractive it looked, until she came quite close to it; and then, although its beauty was richer than words can tell, she hardly knew whether to like it or not.
It is really the most beautiful shrub that ever sprang out of the earth.
Holding up her apron full of flowers with her left hand, Proserpina seized the large shrub with the other, and pulled, and pulled, but was hardly able to loosen the soil about its roots.
And as it happened, she had not gone far before she found one of the magnificent flowers which grew on the shrub that Proserpina had pulled up.
The young Arab pretended to do as he was bid, but when he had fastened the two animals securely to a low shrub he crept back to lie on his belly a few paces behind Tarzan.