crazy top


Definition of crazy top

: any of several plant diseases in which the top growth undergoes characteristic alteration: such as
a : a disease of citrus that occurs on alkaline soils, that is marked by loss of mature leaves, stiff brushy terminal growth, and abnormal fruits, and that may be related to or a form of stubborn disease
b : a disease of corn that is probably due to a virus and that is characterized by the appearance of vegetative shoots often in bunches in place of floral organs
c : a disease of almonds that is probably caused by a virus and is characterized by growth failure of many flower and leaf buds resulting in a sparse open tree with little fruit

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“Crazy top.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

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