Talk:Storage organ

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The template {{WikiProject Energy|class=stub|importance=|auto=yes}} was here, but this article has nothing to do with energy! Peter coxhead (talk) 15:06, 22 December 2010 (UTC)


It has been suggested that this article be merged with perennating organ. However, the person who added the merge tags never gave his or her reasons. Also, after reading the articles and doing some quick searching on Google, I do not know if that is a good idea to merge the articles. Here is text from each article:

"A storage organ is a part of a plant specifically modified for storage of energy (generally in the form of carbohydrates) or water."

"Perennating organs are usually modified vegetative parts of plant body such as stem, root, leaves or whole shoots. These plants usually die down in autumn but grow again the following spring. The organs remain dormant in the soil after the rest of the plant has died. Plants possessing perennating organs can survive from year to year. Hence the word "perennating", meaning "through the year"."

It seems like storage organs are used to defend against herbivores and adverse conditions, while plants with perennating organs use them to survive more than one year. So, they are similar, but apparently not identical, in function. -- Kjkolb 19:24, 7 March 2007 (UTC)

There is an overlap between the functions of a storage organ and a perennating organ, but they are in principle different. See Raunkiær plant life-form for a classification of perennating organs. Resting buds are a perennating organ, but not a storage organ. The stem (body) of a cactus is generally regarded as having been modified to act as a water storage organ, but it's not a perennating organ, in that it's not what the cactus dies back to in an adverse period. There could usefully be some cross-referencing, which I will attempt. Peter coxhead (talk) 09:55, 22 December 2010 (UTC)
After studying both articles, I decided to merge them after all. "Perennating organ" now re-directs here. I have expanded this article; not sure if it needs more or not. Peter coxhead (talk) 15:06, 22 December 2010 (UTC)
Perennation has now been created, and I've made that article the redirect target of "Perennating organ". Plantdrew (talk) 17:51, 23 January 2014 (UTC)