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adventitious: Arising more or less unpredictably from an organ, tissue, or site that is an unusual, abnormal, or atypical origin for structures of its type.[1]
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Example(s): Example sentences from FNA : [1] caudices stout, fibrous-rooted (sometimes propagating by adventitious buds on roots ). [2] Stolons 20–100 cm, sparsely pilose or glabrescent, with adventitious roots at nodes.


  1. Categorical Glossary for the Flora of North America Project, by Robert W. Kiger and Duncan M. Porter. 2001. Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation.