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Formal name:  shoot tussock
Local identifier:  TOP143
Definition:  a shoot system (PO:shoot system) that develops elongated aerial stem(s) (PO:stem) whose nodes bear photosynthetic leaves (PO:leaf). Leaves are distributed nearly throughout the shoot system (PO:shoot system), except when shed from its more basal parts during later growth, and lacking in distally developed inflorescences (PO:inflorescence)
Formal Unit:  unitless (category)

Comment:  tussock is used in the context of the trait plant growth form (TOP:plant growth form)
Reference:  Pérez-Harguindeguy N., Díaz S., Garnier E., Lavorel S., Poorter H., Jaureguiberry P., Bret-Harte M. S., Cornwell W. K., Craine J. M., Gurvich D. E., Urcelay C., Veneklaas E. J., Reich P. B., Poorter L., Wright I. J., Ray P., Enrico L., Pausas J. G., de Vos A. C., Buchmann N., Funes G., Quétier F., Hodgson J. G., Thompson K., Morgan H. D., ter Steege H., van der Heijden M. G. A., Sack L., Blonder B., Poschlod P., Vaieretti M. V., Conti G., Staver A. C., Aquino S., Cornelissen J. H. C. (2013) New handbook for standardised measurement of plant functional traits worldwide. Australian Journal of Botany 61, 167_234 (adapted)