INTRODUCTION- PARENCHYMA

• Short, Rectangular or brick shaped cells with comparatively thin walls and simple pits. • They are found in both porous and non porous wood • They are referred as longitudinal parenchyma to distinguish from parenchyma cells of rays. • Function : storage and distribution of carbohydrates

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• Terminal or Marginal – cells that are located at the growth ring boundary.ARRANGEMENT OF PARENCHYMA • Apotracheal – Independent with the distribution of pores • Paratracheal – Closely associated with vessels • Diffuse – single cells scattered through the growth ring • Zonate – cells that are numerous enough in one area of the growth ring to be obvious. .