The item shown above is the phloem of a tree. This is the innermost part of the bark of the tree which has been brutally destroyed and ripped out. In plants, the phloem is used to transport organic nutrients such as sucrose to all parts of the plant. In vascular plants the phloem is the living transport tissue, while in trees it is the innermost part of the bark as shown above. The soluble organic material made through photosynthesis is transported using the phloem. Water is also transported using the phloem, a process known as translocation.