How does Xylem help in transporting water in plants?
Does greenery around give you peace? I am sure it does. It is only our environment that keeps us sane and detached from all the negativity happening in this world. Every morning when I water my plants in the balcony, a smile comes to my face looking at the new grown leaves and tiny flowers. Researching more on plants, I learnt something more today. I came across a word called Xylem that helps in transporting water in plants.
While growing up, we all studied the process of photosynthesis. How plants make their food with the help of water, soil, sunlight and the green pigment called Chlorophyll? Well, studying a little more, I read about Xylem.
What is Xylem?
Xylem is the transport tissue in vascular plants. The basic function is to transport water from roots to stem and leaves along with nutrients. To understand this term in simple language, I found a website called Biology for kids that clearly explained this concept in easy words.
- Like human body has a circulatory system of its own that distributes blood to all parts of the body. Plants and trees also have a circulatory system.
- The main parts of this circulatory system are Xylem and Phloem.
- Roots have the nutrients and water and the top of plants and trees have the light, air for photosynthesis. When these two parts need to exchange their offerings to other parts of the plant, Xylem comes into action.
- Xylem is made of vessels that are connected to each and every part of the plant or tree.
Well, I am happy to learn about Xylem that’s one more thing apart from photosysnthesis. This adds to my plant vocabulary for a lifetime now. I am sure you must also be feeling good about it.
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