Certain plants always grow as climbers, while a few grow as climbers only part of the time. For instance, poison ivy and bittersweet can grow as low shrubs when support is not available, but will become climbers when support is available. A climber displays a growth form based on very long stems. This has two purposes. A climber may use rock exposures, other plants, or other supports for growth rather than investing energy in a lot of supportive tissue, enabling the plant to reach sunlight with a minimum investment of energy

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