Rhizome noun /‘rī-zōm/
from Greek rhízōma: root, stem; rhizoûn: to fix firmly, take root
In Botany, a horizontal, subterranean, root-like stem that produces root systems and can send up shoots of a new plant. This underground structure stores starches and allows the plant to propagate vegetatively, enabling the plant to survive unfavorable seasons.
To us, the rhizome represents the interconnectedness of seemingly individual organisms, and the strength of horizontal organizational structures.