Definition of Rhizome

A rhizome is a part of a plant which is also known as rootstock. It is defined as a form of a stem of a plant that is present under or at the surface of the soil. It has nodes that are capable of forming roots as well as shoots. They are unique as they grow perpendicularly and in this way, they allow baby shoots to grow out of the ground. When they are detached from the parent plant, they can produce a new plant.


The rhizomes play their part in storing the nutrients such as carbohydrates and proteins which are essential for the development and growth of new shoots. The baby shots are used by farmers to increase the production of ginger and other grasses. The rhizomes such as ginger and turmeric are also used in the seasoning of food.

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