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    what is a "basal shoot"?
    if i were ruler of the world, anyone who defined a nepenthene as a "companion plant" to orchids would be fired from a cannon atop mt. kinabalu.

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    It's a point of new growth that forms from the dormant nodes at the bottom of an existing plant (or sometimes from the roots, I think.)
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    if i were ruler of the world, anyone who defined a nepenthene as a "companion plant" to orchids would be fired from a cannon atop mt. kinabalu.

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    That could be a basal shoot, but given the habits of Pinguicula I'd be willing to bet that it's actually an offset, a new plant that budded off of the glandular surface or stem portion of a leaf.
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    I just love that contrast!

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    so a basal shoot is kind like what happens when you cut a healthy tree down, little branches pop out of the trunk?
    if i were ruler of the world, anyone who defined a nepenthene as a "companion plant" to orchids would be fired from a cannon atop mt. kinabalu.

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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basal_shoot

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    Well.....it depends where the shoots come from on the tree thing. If they are from the roots they are suckers, if they are from on the stump actually then they are just buds that are growing. Pretty much safe to say a tree doesn't have basals.

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