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Contents: - periderm - phellem - cork cambium - phelloderm - cortex - phloem- phloem rays - sieve tube element - companion cells - cambial zone (cambium) - bark - xylem - growth ring - vessels - tyloses - parenchyma - axial parenchyma - multiserrate ray parenchyma - uniserrate ray parenchyma - fibers - symplast - apoplast - growth ring/ray compartment -wounding response - decay development

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Vessels (in hardwoods) and tracheids (in conifers)

Vessels (in hardwoods) and tracheids (in conifers) conduct water and substances dissolved in water. Vessels are not living cells. Diffuse porous trees, such as the one illustrated above, generate large vessels early in the growing period and smaller-diameter vessels later.