Fig. 11.5-6. Transverse section of Clintonia borealis (in the lily family, no common name). Rarely, monocot bundles occur so close together that they more or less form a ring, almost having the appearance of the eustele of dicots and gymnosperms. But notice that this “ring” is divided into separate bundles by bundle sheaths. Another unusual feature here is that the xylem surrounds the phloem on three sides (all sides except the outer side). Because xylem does not completely encircle the phloem, these are not amphivasal bundles, but they can be described as having U-shaped xylem.
In the high magnification, it is easy to distinguish the tracheary elements from the sheath fibers, due to differences in both wall thickness and wall staining. In this bundle, a small portion of the phloem is slightly separated from the main phloem group.
            Notice the abundant starch grains in cells of both the cortex and the conjunctive tissue.