Fig. 15.3-1a and b. Transverse section of Vitis wood (grape). The upper micrograph shows the pith, primary xylem and innermost secondary xylem of grapevine wood. An interfascicular cambium arose in the medullary ray, then began producing a ray of secondary xylem (and also of secondary phloem, but that is located farther out, out of the top of the micrograph). Because this ray formed this way and thus contacts the pith, it is called a primary ray.




       The lower micrograph shows the same section of wood, but a region father out, produced more recently. Two primary rays are visible (from just this micrograph, you cannot be certain that they are primary rays it is necessary to follow them to the pith), and a secondary ray is also present. The arrow indicates the point where several fusiform initials were transformed to ray initials, thus putting an end to several rows of axial elements and initiating the production of a new ray instead.