Explain Formation of Annual Ring

Formation of Annual ring:

i) In favourable conditions or seasons, i.e. in spring season, when plants get rapid growth, cambium grows more vessels with large cavities and thin walls in order to meet up the demand of water.

ii) The wood or xylem tissue formed in the spring with this type of xylem vessel is known as spring wood or early wood.

iii) In adverse season, i.e. in autumn season, when plants reduce their growth or usually don’t grow, cambium produces vessels with thick wall and narrow cavities.

iv) The wood or xylem tissues formed in the winter season are known as autumn wood or late wood.

v) Therefore in one year, normally two types of wood are formed and those two types combinedly form a concentric ring, with vessels of large cavities and thin walls (spring wood) and vessels of narrow cavities and thick walls (Late wood / Autumn wood) known as annual ring.

vi) By counting the number of annual ring, the approximate age of a plant can be estimated.


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