The stem is Lsolid and corky, much more solid than the flesh of the cap, and perfectly smooth, never being furnished with the slightest trace of a ring.
The corky layers which take so prominent a share in the formation of the bark are similarly modified and subserve the same purpose.
Both cuticularized and suberized membranes are insoluble in cuprammonia, and are colored yellow or brown in a soltition of chlor-iodide of zinc. It is probable that the corky or suberized cells do not contain any cellulose (Gilson, Wisselingh); whilst cuticularized cells are only modified in their outer layers, cellulose inner layers being still recognizable.
The leaf scar is protected by a corky change (suberization) in the walls of the exposed cells.
The potato tuber consists mainly of a mass of cells filled with starch and encircled by a thin corky rind.
Bast mats are now made chiefly in Russia, the bark being cut in long strips, when the liber is easily separable from the corky superficial layer.