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Plant transportation – Phloem

Food and water are carried in plants via tubes.

Tubes that carry food (glucose/amino acids) are called phloem (phloem is pronounced flow-em). 

Phloem = Flows with an F for FOOD

F is for FOOD

Phloem tubes carry food and amino acids from the roots and leaves up and down the stem

Food is transported along the river as it flows (phloem). 


Below is a section through the stem of a plant. Phloem tubes carry dissolved food (and hormones) up and down the stem of the plant.

Cross section of a stem showing the xylem and phloem tubes, showing the directing of flow

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