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Botany - Vascular Plants

By: Nataysia Wilson

Vascular Plants

Vascular plants are plants that have leaves, stems, and roots, to absorb water, and food nutrients. Vascular plants have vascular tissue which allow the nutrients to be absorbed, which in turn allows the vascular plant to grow much larger than a non-vascular plant. A vascular plant contains xylem and phloem. Xylem carries water and inorganic solutes up through the roots, and phloem carries organic solutes throughout the plant.

Most plants are vascular plants. Vascular plants contain roots, leaves, or even flowers. Non-vascular plants, however, do not contain roots, stems, leaves, or flowers. An example of a non-vascular plant is algae. Non-vascular plants are less structurally complicated plants because they lack vascular tissue.

This topic is very interesting. It could possibly show the evolution of plants. How they started and adapted over time to their environment to survive.

In studying this topic I have discovered that not all plants have roots and use the soil for nutrients. Some plants are a lot less complex and therefore a lot less ornate in their shape, or height.

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