Characteristics of Shoot Systems

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Characteristics of Shoot Systems The aboveground, conspicuous part of flowering plants constitutes the  shoot system , which is  composed of erect  stems  on which are attached  leaves flowers , and  buds . Leaves are attached to  the  stem  at regions called  nodes . The section of stem between nodes is an  internode , and the  upper angle between the stem and the leaf at the node is called the  leaf axil. Axillary (lateral) buds  located in the leaf axils give rise to  vegetative branch  stems or to  flowers. Terminal buds  are  present at the tips of the main stem and branches and contain the  apical meristem  tissues. The  shoot originates in the embryo at the end opposite the root and develops a complex  shoot apex different from that of the root ( see Table 1  ).   The growing point of the shoot—the  apical meristem —is surrounded by developing leaves ( 
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