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Unformatted text preview: cylinder inside of the elongated portion of stems or roots, just below the epidermis (Figure 2). Figure 2: Spatial representation of the apical and lateral meristematic regions in a plant. Shoot Tissues The shoot is comprised of both the stem and leaves. The primary function of the stem is to serve as the axis that supports the leaves. Stems may be relatively flexible (e.g. bean plant) or inflexible (e.g. tree trunk) and are generally, but not always, photosynthetic. The major function of the leaf is to provide a broad surface area that can be used to capture light required for photosynthesis. Gas exchange (CO 2 and O 2 ) is also mediated by the leaf....
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This note was uploaded on 12/27/2011 for the course BSC 1020 taught by Professor Danmoon during the Fall '11 term at UNF.
- Fall '11