Growth and development
|Figure 11.1 Autumn colour in
the leaves of Parthenocissus
tricuspida (Boston Ivy),
developing in response
to environmental changes
Growth is a difficult term to define because it really encompasses the
totality of all the processes that take place during the life of an organism.
However, it is useful to distinguish between growth as the processes
which result in an increase in size and weight (described in Plant growth
and those processes which cause the changes in the plant during its
life cycle, which can usefully be called plant development.
described here through the typical life cycle of plants, from seed to