A thread rating the root systems of various plants: Image
Carum carvi (Caraway)
- good depth for little plant
- slightly thin
5/10 Image
Salicornia europaea (Glasswort)
- impressive coverage for small plant
- scraggly, needs combing
- no pizazz
6/10 Image
Zea mays (Corn)
- look I like corn as much as the next guy but this is pathetic
2/10 ImageImageImage
This corn making a valiant effort to save the reputation of its species, but it's not enough. Sorry corn. Image
Acanthosicyos horridus (Nara, butter-nuts, or butterpips; "an unusual melon")
- what is going on here
- horridus is right
1/10 Image
Androsace alpina (Alpine rock-jasmine)
- now THIS shows initiative
- layabout plants take note
- still rough but clearly going places
9/10 Image
Asparagus officinalis (Asparagus)
- sort of a cone shape?
- disappointing
- I expected more from asparagus I guess
3/10 Image
Carex elata (tufted sedge)
- good firm grip on the earth
- impressive mirror-image effect
- design as sharp as its leaves, nice job
7/10 Image
Liguicum mutellina (???)
- what is it doing
- as far as I can tell, this plant doesn't officially exist
- I cannot rate this plant
Taraxacum serotinum (Late-flowering Dandelion)
- 👀😳😵
- open for a surprise
11/10 Image
Arthrophytum iliense (???)
- this root system is a spooky alien coming to get you
- or maybe it is dressed up as the circulatory system for Halloween
- OooooOOOOoooO!!!
8/10 Image
Galanthus nivalis (snowdrop)
- an attempt was made
- at least there is that fetching bulb
2/10 Image
Cynodon dactylon (ermuda grass, Dhoob, dūrvā grass, ethana grass, dubo, dog's tooth grass, Bahama grass, devil's grass, couch grass, Indian doab, arugampul, grama, wiregrass and scutch grass)
- All that is gold does not glitter
- Not all those who wander are lost
9/10 Image
Drosera rotundifolia (Round-leafed sundew)
- small
- however, very organized
- extra points for being a carnivorous plant
7/10 Image
Euphorbia mongolica (Mongolian Spurge???)
- absolute madman
- probably a tree in disguise
9/10 Image
Alyssum montanum (???)
- go big or go home
- slightly too chaotic
8/10 Image
Centaurium pulchellum (Lesser centaury)
- no commitment
- "one root is fine"
1/10 get out of my face Image
Cirsium spinosissimum (Spiniest thistle)
- wow
- knows what it wants
- cirsium spinosissimum drinks YOUR milkshake!
- a true industrialist
9/10 Image
Saxifraga aizoides (yellow mountain saxifrage)
- 😮
- she is beauty
- she is grace
11/10 Image
Scorzonera parviflora (光鸦葱 guang ya cong.)
- weird double plant
- roots look like LIGHTNING
8/10 Image
Schoenoplectus lacustris (Lakeshore bulrush)
- where are the roots
- pathetic
0/10 Image
Hydrocharis morsus-ranae (frogbit)
- not a plant
- this is a UFO
Juncus gerardii (blackgrass, black needle rush or saltmarsh rush)
- expansive
- lord of all it surveys
9/10 Image
Lathyrus tuberosus (tuberous pea)
- is a clam
- a clam masquerading as a plant
- pretty good roots though tbh
7.5/10 Image
Lychnis viscaria (Sticky catchfly or "clammy campion")
- small plant
- POWERFUL roots
- just look at that grip on the earth
8/10 Image
Stratioites aloides (water pineapple)
- barely roots at all
- lives in wet ditches
- "In the autumn they become covered with a slimy secretion and the whole plant sinks to the bottom"
1/10 Image
Eryngium campestre (Field eryngo or Watling Street thistle)
- single, incredibly powerful root
- erupts into tendrils almost THREE METERS down
13/10 Image

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