Definition of phloem
: a complex tissue in the vascular system of higher plants that consists mainly of sieve tubes and elongated parenchyma cells usually with fibers and that functions in translocation and in support and storage — compare xylem
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The beetles chewed and fed on the tree’s phloem, conduits just below the bark for the tree’s life-giving juices.
Cane bark (phloem) and wood (xylem) damage can occur in grapevines at temperatures from minus 4 to minus 13.
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