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Permanent Tissues

1. Simple permanent tissues. 2. Complex permanent tissues.

Permanent Tissues

The Permanent tissues develop from apical meristem. They lose the power of cell division either permanently or temporarily. They are classified into two types:

1. Simple permanent tissues.

2. Complex permanent tissues.

Simple Permanent Tissues

Simple tissues are composed of one type of cells only. The cells are structurally and functionally similar. It is of three types.


1.           Parenchyma


2.           Collenchyma


3.           Sclerenchyma

1. Parenchyma (Gk: Para-beside; enehein- to pour)

Parenchyma is generally present in all organs of the plant. It forms the ground tissue in a plant. Parenchyma is a living tissue and made up of thin walled cells. The cell wall is made up of cellulose. Parenchyma cells may be oval, polyhedral, cylindrical, irregular, elongated or armed. Parenchyma tissue normally has prominent intercellular spaces. Parenchyma may store various types of materials like, water, air, ergastic substances. It is usually colourless. The turgid parenchyma cells help in giving rigidity to the plant body. Partial conduction of water is also maintained through parenchymatous cells.

Occsionally Parenchyma cells which store resin, tannins, crystals of calcium carbonate, calcium oxalate are called idioblasts. Parenchyma is of different types and some of them are discussed as follows.


Types of Parenchyma


2. Collenchyma (Gk. Colla-glue; enchyma – an infusion)

 Collenchyma is a simple, living mechanical tissue. Collenchyma generally occurs in hypodermis of dicot stem. It is absent in the roots and also occurs in petioles and pedicels. The cells are elongated and appear polygonal in cross section. The cell wall is unevenly thickened. It contains more of hemicellulose and pectin besides cellulose. It provides mechanical support and elasticity to the growing parts of the plant. Collenchyma consists of narrow cells. It has only a few small chloroplast or none. Tannin maybe present in collenchyma.Based on pattern of pectinisation of the cell wall, there are three types of collenchymas.


Types of Collenchyma

1. Angular collenchyma

It is the most common type of collenchyma with irregular arrangement and thickening at the angles where cells meets. Example:Hypodermis of Datura and Nicotiana

2. Lacunar collenchyma

The collenchyma cells are irregularly arranged. Cell wall is thickening on the walls bordering intercellular spaces. Example:Hypodermis of Ipomoea

3. Lamellar collenchyma

The collenchyma cells are arranged compactly in layers(rows). The Cell wall is thickening is at tangential walls.These thickening appear as successsive tangential layers. Example:Hypodermis of Helianthus

Diagramatic structures

Annular Collenchyma: Duchaigne (1955) reported another type called Annular collenchyma in petiole of Nerium. The lumen is more or less circular in shape.

3. Sclerenchyma (Gk. Sclerous- hard: enchyma-an infusion)

The sclerenchyma is dead cell and lacks protoplasm. The cells are long or short, narrow thick walled and lignified secondary walls. The cell walls of these cells are uniformly and strongly thickened. The sclerenchymatous cells are of two types:

1.     Sclereids


2.     Fibres


Sclereids (Stone Cells)

Sclereids are dead cells, usually these are isodiametric but some are elongated too. The cell wall is very thick due to lignification. Lumen is very much reduced. The pits may simple or branched. Sclereids are mechanical in function. They give hard texture to the seed coats, endosperms etc., Sclereids are classified into the following types.

Types of Sclereids


1. Branchysclereids or Stone cells:

Isodiametric sclereids, with hard cell wall. It is found in bark, pith cortex, hard endosperm and fleshy portion of some fruits. Example: - Pulp of Pyrus.

2. Macrosclereids:

Elongated and rod shaped cells, found in the outer seed coat of leguminous plants. Example: Crotalaria and Pisum sativum.

3. Osteosclereids (Bone cells):

Rod shaped with dilated ends. They occur in leaves and seed coats. Example: seed coat of Pisum and Hakea

4. Astrosclereids:

Star cells with lobes or arms diverging form a central body. They occur in petioles and leaves. Example: Tea, Nymphae andTrochodendron.

5. Trichosclereids:

Hair like thin walled sclereids. Numerous small angular crystals are embedded in the wall of these sclereids, present in stems and leaves of hydrophytes. Example: Nymphaea leaf and Aerial roots of Monstera.


Filiform Sclereids: The sclereids are present in the leaf lamina of Olea europaea. They are very much elongated fibre like and about 1m.m length.

Sclerenchyma Found in Some Fruits


Fibres are very much elongated sclerenchyma cells with pointed tips. Fibres are dead cells and have lignified walls with narrow lumen. They have simple pits. They provide mechanical strength and protect them from the strong wind. It is also called supporting tissues. Fibres have a great commercial value in cottage and textile industries.

Fibres are of five types

Wood Fibres or Xylary Fibres

These fibres are associated with the secondary xylem tissue. They are also called xylary fibres. These fibres are derived from the vascular cambium. These are of four types.

a. Libriform fibres b. Fibre tracheids c. Septate fibres d. Gelatinous fibres. 

a.  Libriform fibres: These fibres have slightly lignified secondary walls with simple pits. These fibres are long and narrow.

b. Fibre tracheids: These are shorter than the libriform fibres with moderate secondary thickenings in the cell walls. Pits are simple or bordered.

c. Septate fibres: Fibres that have thin septa separating the lumen into distinct chambers. Eg. Teak

d. Gelatinous fibres: Fibres in which lignin is less in amount and cellulose is more in this cell walls.


These fibres are characteristic of tension wood which is formed in the underside of leaning stems and branches.


Bastfibres or Extra Xylary Fibres


These fibres are present in the phloem. Natural Bast fibres are strong and cellulosic. Fibres obtaining from the phloem or outer bark of jute, kenaf, flax and hemp plants. The so called pericyclic fibres are actually phloem fibres.


Surface Fibres


These fibres are produced from the surface of the plant organs. Cotton and silk cotton are the examples.They occur in the testa of seeds.

Mesocarp Fibres


Fibres obtained from the mesocarp of drupes like Coconut.


Leaf Fibres


Fibres obtained from the leaf of Musa, Agave and Sensciveria.


Fibres in Our Daily Life


Economically fibres may be grouped as follows


1)    Textile Fibres: Fibres utilized for the manufacture of fabrics, netting and cordage etc.

a)           Surface Fibres: Example: Cotton.

b)          Soft Fibres: Example: Flax, Jute and Ramie

c)           Hard fibres: Example: Sisal, Coconut, Pineapple, Abaca etc.

2)    Brush fibre: Fibres utilized for the manufacture of brushes and brooms.

3)    Rough weaving fibres: Fibres utilized in making baskets, chairs, mats etc.

4)    Paper making fibres: Wood fibres utilized for paper making.

5)    Filling fibres: Fibres used for stuffing cushions, mattresses, pillows, furniture etc. Example: Bombax and Silk cotton.


Complex Tissues


A complex tissue is a tissue with several types of cells but all of them function together as a single unit. It is of two types – xylem and phloem.


1. Xylem


The xylem is the principal water conducting tissue in a vascular plant. The term xylem was introduced by Nageli(1858) and is derived from the Gk. Xylos – wood. The xylem which is derived from Procambium is called primary xylem and the xylem which is derived from vascular cambium is called secondary xylem. Early formed primary xylem elements are called protoxylem, whereas the later formed primary xylem elements are called metaxylem.

Protoxylem lies towards the periphery and metaxylem that lies towards the centre is called Exarch. It is common in roots.

Protoxylem lies towards the centre and meta xylem towards the periphery this condition is called Endarch. It is seen in stems.

Protoxylem is located in the centre surrounded by the metaxylem is called Centrarch. In this type only one vascular strand is developed. Example: Selaginella sp.

Protoxylem is located in the centre surrounded by the metaxylem is called Mesarch.In this type several vascular strands are developed. Example: Ophioglossum sp.


Xylem Consists of Four Types of Cells


a.           Tracheids


b.           Vessels or Trachea


c.            Xylem Parenchyma


d.           Xylem Fibres



Tracheids are dead, lignified and elongated cells with tapering ends. Its lumen is broader than that of fibres. In cross section, the tracheids are polygonal.


There are different types of cell wall thickenings due to the deposition of secondary wall substances. They are annular (ring like), spiral (spring like), scalariform (ladder like) reticulate (net like) and pitted (uniformly thick except at pits). Tracheids are imperforated cells with bordered pits on their side walls.

Only through this conduction takes place in Gymnosperms. They are arranged one above the other. Tracheids are chief water conducting elements in Gymnosperms and Pteridophytes. They also offer mechanical support to the plants.


Vessels or Trachea


Vessels are elongated tube like structure. They are dead cells formed from a row of vessel elements placed end to end. They are perforated at the end walls. Their lumen is wider than Tracheids. Due to the dissolution of entire cell wall, a single pore is formed at the perforation plate. It is called simple perforation plate, Example: Mangifera. If the perforation plate has many pores, it is calledmultiple perforation plate. Example Liriodendron.


The secondary wall thickening of vessels are annular, spiral, scalariform, reticulate, or pitted as in tracheids, Vessels are chief water conducting elements in Angiosperms and absent in Pteridophytes and Gymnosperms. In Gnetum of Gymnosperm, vessels occur. The main function is conduction of water, minerals and also offers mechanical strength.


Xylem Fibre


The fibres of sclerenchyma associated with the xylem are known as xylem fibres. Xylem fibres are dead cells and have lignified walls with narrow lumen. They cannot conduct water but being stronger provide mechanical strength. They are present in both primary and secondary xylem. Xylem fibres are also called libriform fibres.


The fibres are abundantly found in many plants. They occur in patches, in continuous bands and sometimes singly among other cells. Between fibres and normal tracheids, there are many transitional forms which are neither typical fibres nor typical tracheids. The transitional types are designated as fibre-tracheids. The pits of fibre-tracheids are smaller than those of vessels and typical tracheids.


Xylem Parernchyma

The parenchyma cells associated with the xylem are known as xylem parenchyma. These are the only living cells in xylem tissue. The cell wall is thin and made up of cellulose. Parenchyma arranged longitudinally along the long axis is called axial parenchyma. Ray parenchyma is arranged in radial rows. Secondary xylem consists of both axial and ray parenchyma, Parenchyma stores food materials and also helps in conduction of water.


2. Phloem


Phloem is the food conducting complex tissues of vascular plants. The term phloem was coined by C. Nageli (1858) The Phloem which is derived from procambium is called primary phloem and the phloem which is derived from vascular cambium is called secondary phloem. Early formed primary phloem elements are called protophloem whereas the later formed primary phloem elements are called metaphloem. Protophloem is short lived. It gets crushed by the developing metaphloem.


Phloem Consists of Four Types of Cells


1)    Sieve elements


2)    Companion cells


3)    Phloem parenchyma


4)    Phloem fibres


Sieve Elements


Sieve elements are the conducting elements of the phloem. They are of two types, namely sieve cells and sieve tubes.


Sieve Cells


These are primitive type of conducting elements found in Pteridophytes and Gymnosperms. Sieve cells have sieve areas on their lateral walls only. They are not associated with companion cells.


Sieve Tubes


Sieve tubes are long tube like conducting elements in the phloem. These are formed from a series of cells called sieve tube elements. The sieve tube elements are arranged one above the other and form vertical sieve tube. The end wall contains a number of pores and it looks like a sieve. So it is called as sieve plate. The sieve elements show nacreous thickenings on their lateral walls. They may possess simple or compound sieve plates The function of sieve tubes are believed to be controlled by campanion cells.


In mature sieve tube, Nucleus is absent. It contains a lining layer of cytoplasm. A special protein (P. Protein = Phloem Protein) called slime body is seen in it. In mature sieve tubes, the pores in the sieve plate are blocked by a substance called callose (callose plug).The conduction of food material takes place through cytoplasmic strands. Sieve tubes occur only in Angiosperms.

Companion Cells

The thin walled, elongated, specialized parenchyma cells, which are associated with the sieve elements, are called companion cells. These cells are living and they have cytoplasm and a prominent nucleus. They are connected to the sieve tubes through pits found in the lateral walls. Through these pits cytoplasmic connections are maintained between these elements. These cells are helpful in maintaining the pressure gradient in the sieve tubes. Usually the nuclei of the companion cells serve for the nuclei of sieve tubes as they lack them. The companion cells are present only in Angiosperms and absent in Gymnosperms and Pteridophytes. They assist the sieve tubes in the conduction of food materials.


Phloem Parenchyma


The parenchyma cells associated with the phloem are called phloem parenchyma. These are living cells. They store starch and fats. They also contain resins and tannins in some plants. Primary phloem consists of axial parenchyma and secondary phloem consists of both axial and ray parenchyma. They are present in Pteridophytes,Gymnosperms and Dicots.


Phloem Fibres (or) Bast Fibres


The fibres of sclerenchyma associated with phloem are called phloem fibres or bast fibres. They are narrow, vertically elongated cells with very thick walls and a small lumen. Among the four phloem elements, phloem fibres are the only dead tissue. These are the strengthening as well as supporting cells.


Concept Map

Difference Between Meristematic Tissue and Permanent Tissue

Difference Between Collenchyma and Sclerenchyma

Difference between Fibre and Sclereids

Difference between Tracheids and Fibres

Difference Between Sieve Cells and Sieve Tubes

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