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A spongy tissue that occurs in aquatic plants. The thin walled cells surround large intercellular air spaces and thus provide the plant with the buoyancy it requires to remain on the surface of the water.

Synonyms and Related Terms

aerénquima (Esp.)

Resources and Citations

  • Mary-Lou Florian, Dale Paul Kronkright, Ruth E. Norton, The Conservation of Artifacts Made from Plant Materials, The Getty Conservation Institute, Los Angeles, 1990
  • Random House, Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, Grammercy Book, New York, 1997