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Woody plants [ Botany ]

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  Woody plants are perennials (ie. trees and shrubs) that retain their woody structure permanently, but may lose their foliage in seasonal climates.  
Woody = of wood.  The stems (and roots) of woody plants, e.g., most shrubs and trees, are usually covered with non-green bark, and enlarge in diameter by the accumulation of annual layers of wood (secondary xylem).


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