One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The vascular tissue in plants that conducts sugars and other metabolic products downward from the leaves.
- ‘Root tissue samples are hereafter referred to as periderm, phloem and xylem.’
- ‘Formation of phloem and early xylem was directly related to fruitlet size.’
- ‘Subsequently, this cambium produces both wound xylem and wound phloem and thus contributes to further thickening.’
- ‘For the stem, the outermost green tissue, including both phloem and cambium were estimated.’
- ‘The conducting tissues within the vascular bundles are the xylem and phloem.’
Late 19th century: from Greek phloos ‘bark’ + the passive suffix -ēma.
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