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Nutation

Latin term (German "Schwanken") for the self-acting growth movement (nutieren) of the plant without external stimulus. This results from uneven growth of different sides of a plant part. In the case of the vine, for example, this includes the opening of buds or the circular search movement of tendrils. The top (tip) of the growing shoot is initially curved like a hook and then stands upright when growth is complete. See also under vegetation cycle.

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