XYLEM... and what is Xylem you may ask? Although with the very limited number of X words available, someone has probably used this word before and you probably already know. Ah, but did they illustrate it I wonder?
I hope you appreciate this. You have no idea what trouble I have gone to to get these photographs. My printer will not accept my camera's image card to transfer them to my computer. So to transfer them from my camera I had to use our lap top, which is temperamental at best and SLOW. It needed an hour and a half to be updated before it would finally accept the image card. Then the images had to be stored on a flash drive and transferred to my computer.
Look at these pretty flowers.
See how perkily they sit upright on their stems?
That's because in their stems are tissue and cells called XYLEM. Water and nutrients flow from the roots through the stem's XYLEM and keep the flowers firmly upright for all to see and admire. It almost acts like a straw.
However, cut the flowers off from their water supply so there is nothing flowing through the XYLEM and 12 hours later this is the result:
So if there is no water flowing through the XYLEM the flowers WILT -- which would have been a good word for last week's ABC WEDNESDAY!