Sarsaparilla plant stem, light micrograph

Sarsaparilla plant stem, light micrograph

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Caption: Maize root. Polarised light micrograph of a section through the root of a sarsaparilla plant (Smilax regelii) showing a vascular cylinder. The cylinder is comprised of a central cluster of parenchyma cells (top), surrounded by fused vascular bundles (not clearly seen) and the endodermis (green curved row of cells close to the bottom). The largest vessels seen here are metaxylem, part of the xylem tissue in the vascular bundles. Xylem transports water and mineral nutrients from the roots throughout the plant, while phloem, the other component of the bundles, transports carbohydrates and plant hormones. Magnification: x100 when printed 10 centimetres wide.

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