What are the two types of roots?


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The two main types of roots are taproots and fibrous roots. Taproot plants have long primary roots that are used to obtain water from deep sources. Fibrous root plants have masses of fine, slender roots that branch out from the stem.

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Taproots and fibrous roots are subdivided into several specialized root types. Storage roots are a common type of taproot found in starchy vegetables such as potatoes and yams. Corn and lemongrass have prop roots, which are fibrous roots that anchor into the soil to provide additional support. All roots have the same basic functions, including anchorage, absorption and storage.

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