Origin of rhizomeModern Latin rhizoma from Classical Greek rhiz?ma from rhizousthai, to take root from rhiza, root
a creeping stem lying, usually horizontally, at or under the surface of the soil and differing from a root in having scale leaves, bearing leaves or aerial shoots near its tips, and producing roots from its undersurface
A horizontal, usually underground stem that often sends out roots and shoots from its nodes. Also called rootstock .
Origin of rhizomeGreek rhizōma mass of roots from rhizoun to cause to take root from rhiza root ; see wrād- in Indo-European roots.
Solomon's seal rhizome
A plant stem that grows horizontally under or along the ground and often sends out roots and shoots. New plants develop from the shoots. Ginger, iris, and violets have rhizomes. Also called rootstock
- A, Fertile shoot, springing B, C, Sporophylls bearing sporangia, from the rhizome, which which in C have opened.
- Plants growing from a rhizome; fruit a berry.
- The plants are generally perennial herbs growing from a bulb or rhizome, sometimes shrubby as in butcher's broom (Ruscus) or tree-like as in species of Dracaena, Yucca or Aloe.
- The plants have a short rhizome and narrow or lanceolate basal leaves; and they are characterized by the ovary being often half-inferior.
- The plants have a rhizome or corm, and the fruit is a capsule.