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In botany, a tendril is a specialized stem, leaf or petiole with a threadlike shape that is used by climbing plants for support and attachment, generally by twining around whatever it touches. Botany is the scientific study of plant life. ... In common parlance, a stem is any elongated, usually narrow, extension or supporting structure of an object. ... In botany, a leaf is an above-ground plant organ specialized for photosynthesis. ... A petiole (also called a pedicel) is the first abdominal segment of members of the Apocrita. ...


In the garden pea, it is only the terminal leaflets that are modified to become tendrils. In other plants such as the yellow vetch (Lathyrus aphaca) the whole leaf is modified to become tendrils while the stipules become enlarged and carry out photosynthesis. Leaf. ...


Tendril can also be used to describe a wisp of hair or indeed anything that resembles the tendrils of plants.


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Enwall, one of Tendril's founders, is stepping away from the CEO role because he thought the company needed new leadership to transform it into a major player in its niche.
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