Fig. 3.1-2. Transverse section of stem pith in beet (Beta vulgaris). This is a high magnification view in which part of the front wall of a cell is present, it is the sheet of bluish material. On the upper left, the microtome knife passed through the wall and cut part of it away, leaving just a view of the vacuole (white area). The remaining sheet of front wall is so delicate that it has folded and wrinkled slightly, probably during the agitation that occurs as the slide was being stained. This wall is remarkably smooth and uniform; it has no primary pit fields and although there must be cytoplasm lying against this wall, pink-stained plastids are visible. There is a triangular intercellular space surrounded by bluish material which is the walls of the three cells that meet at the space. In Fig. 3.1-1, the cell walls come straight upward at us so the knife cut them cleanly and the walls look thin, but here each wall curves strongly so the knife has cut each at least partially in face view.