A Meatari is a small bud that sprouts from a place that would not normally produce buds, such as the trunk or an old branch. It is often a result of mekiri or metsumi, which are techniques of bud trimming to control the growth and shape of pine trees. Meatari buds can be useful for creating new branches, filling gaps, or adding interest to a bonsai design. However, they can also be undesirable if they appear in unwanted places or disrupt the balance of the tree. In that case, they can be removed by pinching or cutting them off.