Trunks of some of the aged tree species appear to be composed of several fused trunks. Is it a physiological or anatomical abnormality? Explain in detail.

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It is a case of anatomical abnormality, which is due to abnormal secondary growth caused by the abnormal positioning of meristematic tissue cambium. Sometimes in aged trees, the abnormal secondary growth produces extravascular bundles which lead to the growth of fused trunks.

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