Leaf veins of ivy

Leaf veins of ivy

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Credit: DR JEREMY BURGESS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Macrophotograph of a leaf skeleton of the ivy plant, Hedera helix. showing the branching pattern & decreasing size of the veins (vascular tissue). The vascular tissue comprises the xylem, supplying water & minerals from the roots to the leaves & the phloem, which conducts the sugar manufactured in the leaves during photosynthesis to the rest of the plant. The veins are preserved due to the presence of lignin, a polymer resistant to decay, in the xylem. Mag: X1.5 (at 35mm size).

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Keywords: botany, hedera helix, ivy, leaf, leaf skeleton, leaves, nature, phloem, plant, plants, vascular tissue, vein (plant), veins, xylem

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