Ground Tissue Cells

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Ground Tissue Cells


Ground Tissue Cells

Parenchyma cells have thin cell walls and large vacuoles, and are most abundant of all the cells. Their main functions are to perform photosynthesis and store protein and starch.

Collenchyma cells are elongated and have thick cell walls. Their main function is to provide support for growing tissues, like stems.

Sclerenchyma cells have very thick, strong walls that provide support for the plant. There are two types of these cells: fibers and sclereids.

In plants, the ground tissue system makes up most of the plant body. The ground tissue consists of three cell types: parenchyma, collenchyma, and sclerenchyma.



Fibers are often organized into bundles and provide support to wood and other parts of the plant. Sclereids occur in various shapes and pack together densely, and often give some fruits their gritty texture.


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