Meristematic Points - A meristematic point is a highly concentrated area of parenchyma, but all the cells are the same. Have not been pre-formed into a bud. But it can form a bud and it can form a stem. Meristematic points form spear-like points into the bark. The points can differentiate to form sprouts, flowers, woody roots, and prop roots. Other types of spear-like points go from the bark into the wood. These are associated with a wood pattern called bird's eye. The initiating factors must come from the bark. When energy reserves decrease, meristematic points form sprouts. Meristematic points are sheets of radial parenchyma cells.
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Above: A meristematic point which was growing out into the inner and outer bark. The sample, I believe, is a black walnut.
In other words. Meristematic means the capacity to divide and differentiate. New sprouts, flowers, roots, and other tissues come from meristematic points, not "dormant buds."
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