One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A soft plant tissue containing air spaces, found especially in many aquatic plants.
- ‘Oxygen transport from above-ground parts to roots of wetland plants is facilitated by aerenchyma.’
- ‘Fusoid cells are characteristically found only in bamboos, and have been considered as aerenchyma tissues.’
- ‘Programmed cell death also takes place in the cortex of adventitious roots to form aerenchyma.’
- ‘In waterlogged soils, plants strongly influence soil oxygen availability by transporting oxygen through aerenchyma to soils.’
- ‘There are large intercellular spaces between the irregular cells, and the parenchyma looks like aerenchyma.’
Late 19th century: from Greek aēr ‘air’ + enkhuma ‘infusion’.
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