A modified, horizontal, underground or aerial stem,
growing from the basal node of a plant. Aerial stolons,
or runners, may be slender, as in the case
of strawberry plants, or stiff and arching, such as brambles. The stolen
produces a new plant at its tip, which puts out adventitious
roots (roots that arise from nodes on the stem) to anchor itself. Underground
stolens are characteristic of white potato plants. See also tuber.
|Strawberry plant, showing stolon and