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close this book The plant: The living plant; The root
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close this folder Different kinds of roots
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Some plants have only one root, very thick, deep, straight, called a tap- root.

• Smaller roots grow on this thick root; they are called rootless.

• Tap-roots go deep into the soil.

They cannot penetrate soil that is too hard.

Types of tap root

• Cotton, coffee, cocoa, okra, carrots, papayas all have a root that goes deep into the soil, is very thick and straight.

They have a tap- root.