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Ivy roots. View of the aerial roots of an ivy (Hedera sp. ) plant. Ivy is an evergreen woody creeper that, as seen here, uses modified roots (aerial roots) to anchor it when climbing. The aerial roots also effectively widen the catchment area of moisture and nutrients available to the plant. Ivy is often cultivated, where it is trained to cover masonry walls.
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