Leaves - 5 Monocot Leaf Mesophyll • Monocots usually do not have a distinctive palisade and spongy mesophyll. • Monocots have parallel veins with a general mesophyll of loosely packed parenchyma cells on both sides of the veins extending to the epidermis layers. Monocot leaf, xs Vascular Tissue in Leaves (Veins) • Vascular tissue provides support for the leaf. Veins branch extensively throughout the mesophyll of leaves. This is most evident in decomposing leaves, with their leaf “skeleton” of veins. • Vascular tissue conducts water and solutes and maintains vascular connections with stem and root.
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