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Tree - Tree Taxonomy

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Taxonomy is the identification and classification of organisms. Dendrology is the identification and classification of trees, shrubs, and vines, and is a subdiscipline of taxonomy. Shrubs and vines are also woody plants. Shrubs are shorter than trees and have multiple stems arising from the ground. Vines generally rely upon another plant or other structure for physical support.

Some plant families consist entirely of trees and other types of woody plants. Other plant families have some species that are woody, and some that are herbaceous. This indicates that arborescence, the character of being tree-like, is not a reliable character for distinguishing families and higher taxonomic groups of plants.


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