Gr. peri: around + kyklos: ring or circle] • In plant roots, tissue just within the endodermis, but outside of the root vascular tissue. Meristematic activity of pericycle cells produces lateral root primordia.
Found in the stele of plants, the pericycle is a cylinder of cells that lies just inside the endodermis. It conducts water and nutrients inward to the vascular tissue. In dicots, it is also has the capacity to produce lateral roots.