The gland has short, striated ducts and long, intercalated ducts. The gland has a capsule of its own of dense connective tissue, but is also provided with a false capsule by investing layer of deep cervical fascia. The intercalated ducts are also numerous and lined with cuboidal epithelial cells, and have lumina larger than those of the acini. The striated ducts are also numerous and consist of simple columnar epithelium, having striations that represent the in folded basal cell membranes and mitochondria. Though the parotid gland is the largest, it provides only 25% of the total salivary volume.