Lateral Meristem & Secondary Shoot System Growth


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As woody plants increase in height, they need to add more vascular tissue to transport water and nutrients further. Where does this secondary growth occur?

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1. What type of cell can produce more tissue to transport water in a tree?

2. What type of tissue prevents the loss of water from the plant stem following secondary growth?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

As woody plants grow taller, they also need to increase in width to support their height. This quiz and accompanying worksheet assess your understanding of the function of the lateral meristem, which is responsible for the increase in width, as well as the various tissue types involved in secondary growth and the differences between dicots and monocots.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this quiz to assess your comprehension of:

  • Secondary growth in plants
  • Tissue types involved in secondary growth
  • The appearance of growth rings
  • One of the differences between dicots and monocots

Skills Practiced

This assessment will test the following skills:

  • Making connections - use understanding of the concept of secondary growth
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast dicots and moncots
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding lateral meristems

Additional Learning

Learn more about plant growth in the interactive lesson, Lateral Meristem & Secondary Shoot System Growth. This lesson includes:

  • A review of key components in the shoot system
  • The definition of secondary growth and the role of the lateral meristem
  • The role and types of cambium in secondary growth