When growing vegetables, it can be good to know the parts of the vegetables.
Here are some simple explanations for the parts of a sweet potato:
Root Scar – scars from small roots.
Distal End – the end away from the point of origin.
Adventitious Roots – roots originating from the potato rather than the original root system.
Adventitious Shoot – shoots originating from non-stem tissues.
Plantlet (Slip) – small plant, can be used to replant.
Scar Attachment – A scar left from the attachment to the plant.
Emerging Shoot – growing from an ‘eye’ of a potato, it can be used to produce more potatoes planted whole or cut into pieces.
Periderm – the outer layers of tissue of woody roots and stems, consisting of the cork cambium and the tissues produced by it.
Cork Cambium – a lateral meristem. It is responsible for secondary growth that replaces the epidermis in the tuber.
Cortex – the outermost layer of the potato surrounded by the cork cambium and periderm.
Vascular Cambium – a lateral meristem where the cells that divide differentiate and specialize to form the secondary vascular tissues.