climbing stem

climbing stem

[′klīm·iŋ ′stem]
(botany)
A long, slender stem that climbs up a support or along the tops of other plants by using spines, adventitious roots, or tendrils for attachment.
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Not quite so pretty is Dioscorea Elephantipes or elephant's foot, a real curiosity of a plant, its deadlooking domed woody trunk puts up long, climbing stems with yellow flowers in autumn, interesting and a charming oddball of a plant.
Species of Didymaea are characterized by their procumbent or climbing stems, opposite leaves with ovate, oblong-ovate, lanceolate, elliptic, or rarely linear blades, small, shallowly to deeply bilobed or geminate interpetiolar stipules, axillary inflorescences with small, bisexual homostylous flowers with calyces reduced or absent, small, white to purple corollas with short tubes and 4-valvate lobes, 4 stamens with dorsifixed anthers, 2-locular ovaries with one axillary ovule per locule, and black, drupaceous fruits that are dimidiate and deeply bisulcate or sometimes subglobose.
In my own garden, I have a specimen bush ivy that was propagated from the flowering growth and this prevents the plant from producing climbing stems, putting all its energy into the development of flowers in the autumn and ivy fruits in spring, which are poisonous to us but are adored by our resident blackbirds.
They will need support the following year when lateral shoots appear on the climbing stems.
In a couple of months the climbing stems will reach up to 10ft and be covered in yellow blooms that look like little birds.
TIP: Prune after flowering to prevent the climbing stems from shading the lower parts of the plant.
WEAVE the climbing stems of sweet peas onto their wigwam supports and loosely tie in place with string.