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sieve tube
A characteristic element of phloem, which functions in the transport of food materials, such as sugars and proteins, synthesized within a plant. A sieve-tube consists of elongated, thin-walled, living cells arranged in a longitudinal row and forming a connected series by means of perforations in their walls through which pass strands of cytoplasm. These perforations occur in groups known as sieve-plates in the end or lateral walls.

Sieve-tubes are remarkable in that their cells lack nuclei when mature. They are closely associated with parenchymatous companion cells with prominent nuclei.


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