"Phloem is like an enigmatic central banker: we know how important phloem is to plant function, but very little about how phloem functions as part of a whole-plant economy"
"The inner bark, called phloem, is like a pipeline that carries food produced in the leaves down to the trunk and to the roots. Interestingly, the phloem only lives for a short time, and then dies to become a part of the outer bark."
METAMIA is a free database of analogy and metaphor. Anyone can contribute or search. The subject matter can be anything. Science is popular, but poetry is encouraged. The goal is to integrate our fluid muses with the stark literalism of a relational database. Metamia is like a girdle for your muses, a cognitive girdle.