(i) What is the origin of collenchyma?

(i) What is the origin of collenchyma?
(ii) List any two characters and functions of this tissues.

(i) Simple collenchyma originates from the ground meristem. However, some specially formed collenchymatous cells develop from procamhium.
(ii) Characteristics:
(a) It consists of living cells (b) The cell wall is generally unevenly thickened.
(a) It provides tensile strength to various plant organs, hence, primarily mechanical in function.
(b) Collenchyma cells also perform photosynthesis.