Differentiate, distinguish, compare and explain what is the main difference between tap roots and fibrous roots.
First lets explain various kinds of roots with the help of an example. There are following two types of roots:
(i) Tap roots: The roots which have one main root and other smaller lateral roots are called tap roots. For example, mustard plant, gram.
(ii)Fibrous roots: The roots which have no main root but all the roots appear similar are called fibrous roots. For example, maize, wheat.
What is the difference between tap roots and fibrous roots
1. Tap root has only one main and long root. The smaller that grow from the main root are called lateral roots. Fibrous roots do not have a main root. All roots seem similar.
2. Tap root goes deep into the soil. Fibrous roots do not go deep into the soil.
3. Tap roots are found in plants which have reticulate venation in their leaves. Fibrous roots are found in plants which have parallel venation in their leaves.