Fig. 11.5-12. Transverse section of tobacco stem (Nicotiana tabacum). This is the internal phloem of a bicollateral vascular bundle: protoxylem is at the top of the micrograph, and the ordinary phloem would be high above that, far out of view. The phloem here internal phloem is located in the pith, and its sieve tube members and companion cells are easy to identify. An unusual feature is that it has a fiber. Note that the internal phloem is very close to the protoxylem, only one parenchyma cell away. Internal phloem is always close to the xylem, it is not located deep in the pith.