Permanent Tissue

Tissues that have become mature and do not have the ability to divide further are called permanent tissues. Permanent tissues are made up of cells that do not undergo cell division. The cells in these tissues are modified to perform some specific functions. The cells in permanent tissues are fully grown, bigger in size, and have a certain shape. The metabolic rate is lower in the cells of permanent tissues. Permanent tissues are derived from the meristematic tissue.

Permanent Tissue Diagram

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Types of Permanent Tissue

Depending upon their structure, origin, and function permanent tissues are of 3 types.

  • Simple Permanent Tissue

  • Complex Permanent Tissue

  • Secretory Tissues

Simple Permanent Tissue

Simple permanent tissues are made up of cells from the same origin, which have similar structures and functions. They are also called as homogenous tissues and they are further classified into three types.


Parenchyma is the kind of simple permanent tissue found all through the plant body. These tissues are made up of living cells with thin cell walls which are loosely packed to accommodate the intracellular space. The cells of parenchyma permanent tissue are generally round or oval in shape. Parenchyma consists of chlorophyll, that’s why it takes part in photosynthesis. It also has storage functions as well as other functions. The cell wall of parenchyma is made up of cellulose and consists of vacuoles and a nucleus.

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Collenchyma is also a living tissue consisting of a thick cell wall that is made up of cellulose, water, and pectin. The cells are compactly packed in collenchyma tissues causing a very less intracellular space. The refractive index of collenchyma tissue is the highest due to the presence of pectin. It contains less amount of chlorophyll. It is mainly found in the hypodermis of the leaves and stems of dicots. It is not found in the roots of plants and neither in the monocots. The functions of these tissues are to provide mechanical strength, elasticity, and tensile strength to the plant body. It also participates in the sugar manufacturing within the plant body and stores it in the form of starch. It is also found in the leaf margins to prevent the leaf from tearing by the wind.

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Sclerenchyma tissue is composed of dead cells that have a thick cell wall with negligible protoplasm. The secondary cell wall of these tissues is very thick and secretes lignin, which provides mechanical support to the plants. There is a complete absence of intramolecular space between the cells. Due to thick and rigid outer cell walls consisting of lignin, it is impermeable to water.

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Complex Permanent Tissue

Complex permanent tissues are a collection of structurally different cells working together as a unit performing various complex functions. Thus, complex tissues consist of cells that are not of one type.  Complex permanent tissues are also called vascular tissues because they help the transportation of water, minerals, and organic matter throughout the plant body. The two most common complex permanent tissues found in plants are Xylem and Phloem.

  • Xylem

Xylem is also known as wood tissue. Xylem tissues are responsible for the conduction of minerals and water from roots to leaves of the plant. It also provides physical support to the plants. Xylem tissues are made up of parenchyma cells, fibers, vessels, and tracheid cells. The tracheid and vessels are long, elongated, and hollow.

  • Phloem

The phloem of the bust plant tissue is another type of vascular tissue found in plants. Its main function is the translocation of food from leaves to different plant parts. Phloem tissue consists of a sieve tube, companion cell, phloem fiber, and phloem parenchyma. Apart from the translocation of food, they are also responsible for the transportation of proteins and mRNAs throughout the plant body.

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Secretory Tissues

Tissues that are related to the secretion of gums, raisins, volatile substances, nectar, latex, etc. are called secretory tissue. Two types of secretory tissue found in plants.

  • Laticiferous Tissues- These tissues are elongated, thick-walled, and multinucleated and consist of a milky or yellowish pigment called latex. They are spread over the mass of parenchyma cells in plants.

  • Glandular Tissues- The tissues which consist of glands are glandular tissues. These glands contain either secretory or excretory products. Internal glandular tissues secrete various essential things in various plants like essential oils, mucilage (in betel leaf), gum, resin, tannin, digestive enzymes, etc.

External glandular tissues are mostly hairs which secrete water, or gum-like substances like tobacco, honey in carnivorous plants, and poisonous substances in some plants. Example- Common Nettle.

Where Are Permanent Tissues Found?

Permanent tissues are found in all mature plants. Depending upon their structure and site of origin, they carry out various important functions within the plant body. Simple permanent tissues are found below the epidermis of the plant, spread around in layers of cells. 

Parenchyma is found in the cortex of stem and roots and in the mesophyll of leaves. Collenchyma is found in the leaf stalk and leaf midribs below the epidermis. Sclerenchyma is found in stems, around the vascular bundle, around the hard covering of seeds and nuts, and in veins of leaves.

Complex tissue xylem is found throughout the plant body, the center of the vascular bundle and phloem is found outside the vascular bundle, in leaf veinlets and in the innermost layers of the bark of old trees.

Types of Tissues in Our Body

The human body has four types of tissues, each made up of specialized cells and grouped together performing various important functions in the body. Depending upon their structure and functions the 4 types of tissue found in the human body are-

Muscle Tissue

Muscle Tissues are elastic with stimulation receptors so that they can stimulate the contraction of muscles and help with movement. There are three types of muscle tissue found in the human body- Cardiac muscle tissue, Smooth muscle tissues, and Skeletal muscle tissue. 

Epithelial Tissue

Epithelial Tissues create a protective layer and cover the exterior surface of the body.  Internal cavities and passageways and form certain glands. It consists of sensory receptors and is involved in the diffusion of ions and molecules. 

Connective Tissue

Connective Tissue, as the name suggests binds all the cells and organs of the body and provides protection and support to different body parts. It is found between other tissues across the body. 

Nervous Tissue

Nervous tissue is a tissue of the nervous system. It is composed of neurons and all of them show the presence of an axon. Axon is the part of the cell. Bunch of axons constitutes the nerves in the tracts in the central nervous system and the peripheral nervous system. As nervous tissue surrounds the nerves, spinal cord, and the brain, its primary functions are to receive stimuli and send impulses to the brain and spinal cord.

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What is Bone Tissue?

Bone tissue is a connective tissue found in the membrane of the bones. It is hard so that it can provide rigidity to the bones. Bone tissue is also called osseous tissue. The bone tissue has two types of the matrix material. The first type which is made up of collagen and elastic fibers provides strength and flexibility. The second type is made up of minerals, salts, calcium and therefore it is hard. Adequate proportions of both kinds of matrix material in the bone tissue provide them the needed flexibility and rigidity.

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FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

1. What is parenchyma?

Parenchyma is a simple permanent tissue found below the epidermis of plants. It is made up of living cells with thin cell walls that are loosely packed to accommodate the intracellular space. Parenchyma consists of chlorophyll, that’s why it takes part in photosynthesis. It also has storage functions as well as other functions. The cell wall of parenchyma is made up of cellulose and consists of vacuoles and a nucleus.

2. What are the functions of Xylem?

Xylem is one of the vascular tissues of the plant. Hence, its primary function is to transport water from roots to other parts of the plants. Apart from that it also transports nutrients. It also provides structural support to the plants. Primary Xylem which is found in the early stages of a growing plant, helps in the growth of the plant body. Secondary Xylem grows in the fully grown and mature trees.

3. What are the functions of Phloem?

Phloem is another vascular tissue found in plants and it translocates organic food matter from leaves to other parts of the plants. It contains chlorophyll; therefore, it also has a role in photosynthesis. Apart from the translocation of food, it also distributes free ions and molecules across different plant parts. 

4. Is bone a tissue?

Bone contains connective tissue called osseous tissue, which is made up of two types of matrix materials. The first type provides strength and flexibility to the bones and is made up of collagen and elastic fibers. The second type is made up of minerals, salts, calcium and it provides rigidity to the bones.