developing or moving from the apex toward the base of the stem: used to describe the development of tissues or movement of hormones in plants
opposed to acropetal
Origin of basipetalfrom basic + -petal
Of or relating to the development or maturation of tissues or organs or the movement of substances, such as hormones, from the apex downward toward the base.
(comparative more basipetal, superlative most basipetal)
basi- + -petal