Botany lecture notes

Meristematic Tissue: Structure and Classification (Key Points)


different types of meristematic tissues

What are meristems?

Ø  Meristem is a type plant tissue composed of an undifferentiated mass of cells.

Ø  They are rapidly dividing cells found in the growing portions of the plant and they give rise various plant organs.

Ø  The primary function of meristem is to assist in plant growth.

Ø  Living cells other than meristem can also give rise new cells; however, the meristems carry on such activity indefinitely.

Ø  Meristematic cells not only add new cells to the plant body but also perpetuate themselves.

Ø  Meristematic cells when divide, some portions of division do not differentiate into adult cells but remain meristematic.

Ø  The term meristem was first proposed by Karl Wilhelm von Nägeli (1817–1891) in his book Beiträge zur Wissenschaftlichen Botanik (“Contributions to Scientific Botany”).

Ø  The word meristem is derived from a Greek word ‘merizein’ meaning ‘to divide’.

Characteristics of Meristematic Cells

Ø  The characteristic features of meristematic cells are summarized in the post: Characteristic Features of Meristematic Cells

Classification of meristems

Ø  Meristems are classified according to TWO criterions

(1). Classification based on position in the plant body

§  Apical meristem

§  Lateral meristem

§  Intercalary meristem

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