Xylem vessel in stem of a pea plant

Xylem vessel in stem of a pea plant

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Caption: False colour scanning electron micrograph of a longitudinal section through the stem of a pea plant, Pisum sativum. The micrograph shows a xylem vessel, or water conducting vessel, in which the cell wall has been strengthened, or lignified, in a spiral pattern. This strengthening provides support for the plant. Xylem cells are dead cells that in the course of development have lost their cytoplasm. The cross walls separating individual cells have broken down to form a continuous tubelike structure, which is capable of transporting water & minerals from the roots to the rest of the plant. Magnification: X 330 at 35mm size. Original is BW print b725/129.

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Keywords: botany, lignified xylem walls, nature, pea, pisum sativum, plant, plants, repeated, scanning electron micrograph, sem, spiral pattern, stem, strengthened cell wall, vessel, xylem, xylem vessel

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