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Habit and its Various Types of Vegatative Morphology

The general form of a plant is referred as habit. Based on habit, plants are classified into herbs, shrubs, climbers (vines) and trees.

I. Herbs

Herbs are soft stemmed plants with less wood or no wood. Example: Phyllanthus amarus, Cleome viscosa. According to the duration of their life they may be classified as annuals, biennials and perennials. Perennial herbs having a bulb, corm, rhizome or tuber as the underground stem are termed as geophytes. Example: Allium cepa

II. Shrubs

A shrub is a perennial, woody plant with several main stems arising from the ground level. Example: Hibiscus rosa sinensis (shoe flower).

III. Climbers (Vine)

An elongated weak stem generally supported by means of climbing devices are called Climbers (vines) which may be annual or perennial, herbaceous or woody. Liana is a vine that is perennial and woody. Liana’s are major components in the tree canopy layer of some tropical forests. Example: Ventilago, Entada, Bougainvillea.

IV. Trees

A tree is a stout, tall, perennial, woody plant having one main stem called trunk with many lateral branches. Example: Mango, Sapota, Jack, Fig, Teak. If the trunk remains unbranched it is said to be caudex. Example: Palmyra, Coconut.

A habit (or wont as a humorous and formal term) is a routine of behavior that is repeated regularly and tends to occur subconsciously.

The definition of habit is something that you do regularly, or an addiction. Brushing your teeth every morning and every night is an example of a good habit. Being addicted to heroin is an example of having a heroin habit.

Some common synonyms of habit are custom, practice, usage, and wont. While all these words mean “a way of acting fixed through repetition,” habit implies a doing unconsciously and often compulsively.

A hobby is a regular activity that is done for enjoyment. A habit is a regular action or behavior that is acquired through frequent repetition. The key difference between hobby and habit is that a hobby is pursued consciously whereas a habit is often a subconscious act.

Within psychology, the term habit refers to a process whereby contexts prompt action automatically, through activation of mental context-action associations learned through prior performances.

Habits are the things a person does repeatedly until such time that it becomes automatic. While behavior is the reaction of the system on the impulses around it, habit is the thing a person does repeatedly and subconsciously until it becomes a routine. This is the main difference between the two.
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