What common plants have a tap root? (with photos)

The dandelion is one of many common plants that have roots.

A common root, also known as a “tape root,” is a large, bushy root that usually grows directly from a plant to collect water and minerals from deep in the soil. In most cases, small fibrous projections grow horizontally away from the large taproot. Many types of common plants have common roots, including dandelions, carrots, turnips, and some types of trees. In contrast to primary roots, fibrous root systems are made up of a multitude of small branched roots that grow out of the plant and tend not to penetrate deeply into the soil. Grass, clovers, and marigold plants are common examples of plants with fibrous root systems.

The root of the radish is eaten.

Many commonly eaten vegetables are actually roots that grow underground, unlike other types of vegetables that are actually leaves or stems of plants. A carrot, for example, has a common root – its big orange root is eaten, while the rest of the carrot is not. Likewise, parsnip, beetroot, radish, and turnip roots are all eaten. In some cases, as with carrots and parsnips, the entire tap root is eaten. In others, such as beets and radishes, it is common to eat the bulbous section at the top of the taproot, but not the rest of the root.

Turnips are an edible plant with a common root.

Common roots tend to grow very deep into the soil and often have many small branching branches that extend from the taproot, so they can be very difficult to pull out. So removing weeds or transplanting other plants with these roots can be quite difficult. Failure to destroy a weed’s taproot, for example, usually means the plant will grow back in a few days. Common weeds with common roots include dandelions and bananas. Removing these plants is difficult, and it is often necessary to dig a large circle around the plant to uproot it.

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The carrot is a good example of a common root plant.

A young tree likely has a taproot, but most trees tend to develop shallow fibrous root systems as they age. However, walnut trees and some other types of trees retain primary roots even as they age, and these roots can grow quite large and deep. The branching roots of most trees actually help them to stay upright despite wind, rain and erosion. For such conditions to successfully bring down a tree, they would need to cause substantial damage to the ground, at least several feet (a few meters) around a given tree.

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