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Definition of apical dominance

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Definition as written by talinum:

Terminal buds control apical dominance on buds that grow farther back on the limb. They produce a hormone called auxin that inhibits growth of lateral buds.

Apical dominance determines a plant's natural branching habit and its response to pruning. It produces orderly, controlled growth and gives plants their characteristic shape. When the terminal bud is gone, its apical dominance is eliminated and the growth of the plant is altered as other buds begin to grow.

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