- Phloem is the tissue in plants that transport food to the parts of the plant where it needs to go.
An example of the phloem is the tissue in plants that distributes the sugar that plants eat.
Origin of phloemGerman ; from Classical Greek phloos, bark, akin to phloiein, to swell: for Indo-European base see phlebo-
Origin of phloemGerman, from Greek phloios, bark; see bhleu- in Indo-European roots.
First attested in 1872. From German Phlöem, from Ancient Greek φλόος (phloos, “husk, bark”), from φλέω (phleō, “I abound”)