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caudex

[′kȯ‚deks]
(botany)
The main axis of a plant, including stem and roots.
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In most cases branched caudices were visible below the basal leaves.
Sarcandra develops discernable vessels only in secondary xylem of roots or caudices (Carlquist, 1987).