Difference between Collateral and Bicollateral Vascular Bundles

Collateral vs Bicollateral vascular bundle

Collateral vs Bicollateral Vascular Bundles
(Similarities and Differences between Collateral and Bicollateral Vascular Bundles)

Vascular bundles are the distinct structural organization vascular tissues (xylem and phloem) and the formation of vascular bundles is one of the advanced characteristics of higher plants. In the stem of seed plants, the vascular tissue (xylem and phloem) occupy together as vascular bundles. However, in roots the xylem and phloem are not associated together and not form the vascular bundles. Such an arrangement of vascular tissue in root is called radial arrangement. In the previous post we have discussed the Structure and Classification of Vascular Bundles. Based on the relative position and number of phloem strands in vascular bundles, the conjoint vascular bundles are classified into two groups: (1). Collateral vascular bundles and (2) Bicollateral vascular bundles.

Bi-collateral vascular bundles(1). Collateral vascular bundle: A type of conjoint vascular bundle where the xylem occupies inner to a single strand of phloem. Example: dicot stem and monocot stem.

(2). Bicollateral vascular bundles: A type of conjoint vascular bundle where the xylem is situated in the middle of two phloem strands. Example: stem of Cucurbita, Cephalandra (members of Cucurbitaceae Family).

The present post describes the similarities and differences between the collateral and bicollateral vascular bundles in plants with a comparison table.

Similarities between Collateral and Bicollateral Vascular Bundles

Ø  Both are conjoint vascular bundles (xylem and phloem occupy together as bundle).

Ø  Both are present in the stem.

Ø  Both contain only one xylem strand.

Ø  Xylem is endarch in both the groups.

Difference between Collateral and Bicollateral Vascular Bundle

Sl. No.Collateral Vascular BundlesBicollateral Vascular Bundles
1Possess a single patch of phloem.Possess two patches of phloem.
2Phloem is located external to the xylem (towards the periphery)Phloem occupy on both sides of the centrally placed xylem strand.
3Contain one strip of cambium between the xylem and phloemContain two strips of cambium, one between outer phloem and xylem and the other between inner phloem and xylem
4Collateral vascular bundles can be open (dicot stem) or closed (monocot stem)Bicollateral vascular bundles are always open.
5Example: Dicot stem (open), monocot stem (closed)Examples: Cucurbita stem, Cephalandra stem

difference between collateral and bicollateral vascular bundle

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