What is the scientific name for leaf cells?

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What is the scientific name for leaf cells?
« on: 05/04/2011 11:30:03 »
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What is the scientific name for leaf cells?

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What is the scientific name for leaf cells?
« Reply #1 on: 21/04/2011 20:05:20 »
Well, there's not just one, but many different types of cells that make up leaves. The basic cell types (there are others) that you should know are: Parenchyma, Collenchyma, and Sclerenchyma. These cells each have specific roles in the growth and function of the plant, from roots to leaves. Parenchyma is quite important as it makes up the mesophyll layer, where photosynthesis tends to occur. The other two are mainly structural/supportive. Collectively they are called ground tissues.

I'm not a botanist (and actually I despise plant biology), so I can't get much more specific than that.
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