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apical dominance  


  • [Henderson's] phenomenon common in plant development in which the bud at the tip of the shoot, the apical bud, sup­presses the development of lateral buds which have formed further down the stem. If the apical bud is removed, the lateral buds then develop. The apical bud pro­duces a growth-inhibitory hormone that is carried back down the stem.

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