What is fibrous root?

A fibrous root system forms a dense network of roots that grow fairly close to the surface of the ground.

It is generally formed by thin, moderately branching roots growing from the stem.

It is the opposite of a taproot system as they do not penetrate as deeply into the soil as does a taproot, but rather creates a thick network of roots that are good at holding the soil together.

Some advantages of fibrous root systems include absorbing water and minerals over a large surface area closer to the surface of the soil. They also help to prevent or reduce soil erosion as the root systems help in holding the soil particles together.

This root system is universal in monocotyledonous plants and ferns. 

For Example- Coconut, Rosemary, Grasses (such as wheat, rice, and corn).


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Updated on: 10-Oct-2022


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