Sweet Potato Anatomy

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.

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