Palm Anatomy

Sample is Solitare palm, Ptychosperma elegans.  Thin-walled parenchyma cells make up the soft ground tissues (1).  Very tough strands of vascular bundles made up of thick-walled cells (2), contain the xylem (3) and phloem (4). 

The tough stands within the soft ground tissues give palms unique abilities to bend without breaking during high winds.












John A. Keslick Jr.
Consulting Tree Biologist

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