PROTECTIVE TISSUE (
- Single layer of living cells
- No air spaces between
- Waxy cuticle
- Can form
Outer protective/enclosing tissues.
Produces root hairs for water uptake. Provides protection from pests and diseases, but does not prevent water-loss in roots.
Epidermis – single layer of living, tightly packed cells with thickened walls and a waterproof layer called a cuticle. May have stomata. Can produce hair-like growths. Function: protection of under-laying tissues, prevention of water loss, stomata gaseous exchange.