What Does Lateral Meristem Mean?
In vascular plants, the lateral meristem is one of two meristems in which
growth occurs in order to increase stem girth. A meristem is the region of
plant tissue found on the tips of roots and shoots. It is where cell division occurs to produce new growth.
Maximum Yield Explains Lateral Meristem
A lateral meristem helps the plant grow laterally. As humans grow, they periodically need to replace clothing in order to
accommodate the growing body; a lateral meristem does this for a plant. In order for a plant to grow outward a couple of things need to happen.
The outer layer needs to be replaced and a plant needs to able to provide
nutrients to new tissue.
A plant does this by having two lateral meristem mechanisms. The cork cambium replaces the
outside layer of a plant, while the vascular cambium transports the nutrients and
water to the growing stem.