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HS959: "Elephant's Foot," a Basal Stem Disorder in Greenhouse-Grown Bell Peppers

Figure 4. Pepper plant with “Elephant's Foot” disorder symptoms which has already developed a basal stem rot. Crack-like epidermal wounds are present on the root/stem junction (hypocotyl in the seedling). The plant was almost completely wilted and it easily separated from the roots when it was pulled out of the container.

Credit: Elio Jovicich, University of Florida.