suffruticose


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suffruticose

(of plants, particularly shrubs) having a permanent woody base, and upper branches that die back after flowering.
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Molecular phylogeny based on nuclear and chloroplast DNA markers, suggests a temperate South America origin with the suffruticose species appearing in the basal position (Meudt & Simpson, 2006).
Entirely procumbent vine, suffruticose, rarely fruticans, with mainstems 0.6-1.5 m long radiating from a xylopodia to 3 cm diam.
Most of the species are herbaceous, perennial, highly-branched, and suffruticose at the base with stems arising from a woody tap root.