Plant Meristem: Definition & Function


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The growth plate in the long bones of humans is most analogous to:

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1. Why have meristematic cells in plants been compared to stem cells in humans?

2. Which of the following is NOT a difference between the apical and lateral meristem?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Taking a look at how plants grow, this quiz and corresponding worksheet will help you gauge your knowledge of the function of the plant meristem. In order to pass the quiz, you must know the part of the plant that is the most analogous to the growth plate in the long bones of human children and the reason that meristematic cells have been compared to stem cells in humans.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this printable worksheet and quiz to review:

  • Something that's similar to the growth plate in the long bones of human youngsters
  • Comparison between plants' meristematic cells and human stem cells
  • Differences between the apical and lateral meristem
  • The part of the Cork Oak that cork comes from
  • Difference between xylem and phloem

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz will let you practice the following skills:

  • Interpreting information - verify you can read information regarding the part of the Cork Oak that cork comes from and interpret it correctly
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related meristem lesson
  • Distinguishing Differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as the xylem and phloem

Additional Learning

To learn more about how plants deal with aging, review the corresponding lesson on the Function of the Plant Meristem. This lesson will help you:

  • Describe what a meristem is
  • Understand the role of meristematic cells in a plant
  • Identify the two types of meristems
  • Explain the difference between the two types
  • Appreciate how water gets transported up the roots of a plant