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FUNCTIONS OF COLLENCHYMA:

Plant cell type collenchyma
  1. It provides mechanical strength to the petiole, leaves and stem of young dicot plants.
  2. Collenchyma confers flexibility to various parts of the plant like petiole and stem, allowing for easy bending without breakage.
  3. It allows for growth and elongation of plant organs.
  4. Collenchyma present in leaves also prevents them from tearing.
  5. The living cells of collenchyma store food.
  6. Collenchyma when containing chlorophyll performs the function of photosynthesis.
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