One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The vascular tissue in plants which conducts water and dissolved nutrients upwards from the root and also helps to form the woody element in the stem.Compare with phloem
- ‘The estimation of the water uptake and water flow in xylem and phloem was outlined by Jiang et al..’
- ‘Stained cells corresponding to immature xylem were detected in vascular bundles of flowers and fruits.’
- ‘Generally, a high recycling from xylem to phloem was observed in the old parts of the shoot.’
- ‘In multicellular plants fluxes to and from roots via xylem and phloem further complicate the situation.’
- ‘The conducting tissues within the vascular bundles are the xylem and phloem.’
Late 19th century: from Greek xulon ‘wood’ + the passive suffix -ēma.
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