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Bud   [ Botany ]

Dictionary of botanic terminology - index of names

  A bud is a growing point enclosed by closely overlaid rudimentary leaves. Buds are immature shoot and may contain developing leaf, stem or flowers.  

Buds that develop in the tip of a stem or branch are called apical or terminal bud, while the buds that originate in the
axil of a leaf are called axillary buds.

A bud is small swelling or protuberance on a stem or branch. It correspond to a region of meristematic tissue containing a rudimentary or undeveloped shoot, leaf or flower, often enclosed in protective scales generally in a compact cone-shaped structure and normally occurs in the axil of a leaf or at the tip of the stem. Once formed, a bud may remain for some time in a dormant condition, or it may form a shoot, leaf or flower immediately.

Bulbs and bulbils are forms of leaf buds.

Buds appearing in an unusual place are called adventitious buds.

In bud = having new buds that have not yet opened
Budding = Stage in the Growth Cycle in which the leaves and/or flowers begin to sprout
Bud Parts:


Bud Structural Types (Classification based on composition and cover)
Bud Types (Classification based on position and arrangement)
To bud   [ Botany - Horticulture ]
Transitive and intransitive verb: (past and past participle budded, present participle budding, 3rd person present singular buds)
[ Botany ]
  • To put forth or produce buds, to produce outgrowths that will develop into leaf, stem or flowers:

For example: a plant that buds in early spring.

  • To start to grow, To develop as in the manner of a bud.

Synonym: To sprout; germinate; blossom.

[ Horticulture ]
  • To graft bud onto another plant, by inserting a bud from the one into an opening in the bark of the other, in order to propagate a plant (usually one of a different cultivar, species or genera) from the bud upon the budded stock.

For more details see: Budding





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