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Monocots and dicots – stem vascular bundles

Monocots have scattered vascular bundles. Dicots have vascular bundles in a ring.

A mnemonic showing differences of stem vascular bundles between monocots and dicots 

Two cots (dicots) connected together by rings (vascular rings).

Cross section of a dicot stem showing the organised rings of vascular bundles

If you cut a dicot stem and view one of the cut ends, you will see that the vascular bundles are arranged in a ring shape.

Cross section of a monocot stem showing the scattered vascular bundles

If you do the same to a monocot stem, you will see the vascular bundles are scattered.

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