Could anyone please explain to me, why the nail which is nailed in a coconut tree is not raised from ground level, when the tree is growing up?

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    $\begingroup$ Could you please expand the informat $\endgroup$ – Probably Nov 2 '15 at 15:40
  • $\begingroup$ Could you please make me understand what you are asking? $\endgroup$ – Johny Royan Nov 3 '15 at 5:09
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks, it's clear from the answer. I just wasn't sure which "rising" you mean. $\endgroup$ – Probably Nov 3 '15 at 8:52

First it needs to be said that coconut trees are not true trees, but palms, whose trunks are made of stems which grow in a cross woven pattern.

That being said - its true for any plant that no plant grows from the bottom up. If you make a mark on any plant that mark will not rise much as the plant grows.

Plants grow from buds at the end of their stems. As the plant grows taller its because the tissue adds from the ends of its branches/stems.

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In this illustration you can see the terminal bud, which is where the plant is growing up and also out into branches. The palm is more like a bundle of grass stems, so the terminal bud is not obvious, but the leading edge of the grass will grow here.

A tightly wound core of stems in the crown of the palm, called the Heart of Palm is where the palm grows (see "growth point" in picture below). It is also a terminal bud, but it is not as exposed and is not as obvious.

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(figure from The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN, fao.org)

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    $\begingroup$ "if you make a mark on any plant that mark will not rise much as the plant grows". This is not the case for plants with intercalary meristems, e.g. grasses (including bamboo). It should be true for woody plants though, as well as relatively large, established palms (I'm not sure about the growth patterns of palm saplings). $\endgroup$ – fileunderwater Nov 2 '15 at 14:45

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