- supporting or protective tissue composed of thickened, dry, and hardened cells.
Origin of sclerenchyma
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In this group of species there is no segregation of sclerenchyma into an effective tissue.The Genus Pinus
George Russell Shaw
Keel with sclerenchyma at its apex, and a small band of the same at the margins.
Slight keel with sclerenchyma band: sclerenchyma at margin slight.
The minute inner filaments of sclerenchyma are never continued far up the stalk, and are sometimes wanting altogether.Beautiful Ferns
Daniel Cady Eaton
Vascular bundles of three orders, isolated, without girders, but with a small band of sclerenchyma above and below.
- a supporting tissue in plants consisting of dead cells with very thick lignified walls
C19: from sclero- + parenchyma
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- A supportive tissue of vascular plants, consisting of thick-walled, usually lignified cells. Sclerenchyma cells normally die upon reaching maturity but continue to fulfill their structural purpose in the plant. There are two types of sclerenchyma cells: fiber cells and sclereids. Compare collenchyma parenchyma.
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