The tissue in higher plants that constitutes the vascular system, consisting of phloem and xylem, by which water and nutrients are conducted throughout the plant.
- This is the strategy taken by vascular plants, which have special vascular tissues to distribute water throughout their system.
- More recent examination, however, has shown that the plant does not contain true vascular tissue but has conducting cells more like those found in some mosses.
- Long-distance transport of carbohydrate, the major substrate for plant growth, occurs within the phloem vascular tissue.
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