- In trees, the phloem is the orderly arrangement of living, aging, dying, and
dead cells on the outer side of the vascular cambium and inner side of the phellogen or bark cambium. Phloem, or inner bark, is a transport tissue. It
transports energy-containing substances made in leaves toward non-woody
absorbing roots or the sink. The phloem is produced by the cambium zone. The
phloem contains a symplast. I have learned, some trees store starch in the
phloem such as black locust (robinia). I have learned, most species that have
resign ducts, only have them in the wood, but, there are some such as Blue
Atlas Cedrus, that form them in the phloem. You have early phloem and late
phloem. In many trees you can count the age of the tree, if you are very very
careful by counting the increments in the phloem. Instead of vessels there are
sieve tubes, and they are surrounded by companion cells.
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Click here for info from SHIGO, 2002 on Bark
See A NEW TREE BIOLOGY DICTIONARY, SHIGO, 1986
See TREE ANATOMY, SHIGO, 1994
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