Vascular tissue is considered a distinctive feature responsible for survival of terrestrial plants

Nutrients and water from the soil and the organic compounds produced in leaves are distributed to specific areas in the plant through the xylem and phloem. The xylem draws water and nutrients up from the roots to the upper sections of the plant's body, and the phloem conducts other materials, such as the sucrose produced during photosynthesis, which gives the plant energy to keep growing and seeding.

vascular tissue allows plants to grow tall as it is involved in transport of nutrients around the plant. It is also the death of vascular tissue that creates lignin (wood) that offers support to the plant as it grows.

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