What are some of a tundra's plant adaptations?

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November 25, 2011 4:46PM

  • Tundra plants are small (usually less than 12 inches tall) and

    low-growing due to lack of nutrients, because being close to the

    ground helps keep the plants from freezing, and because the roots

    cannot penetrate the permafrost.

  • Plants are dark in color---some are even red---this helps them

    absorb solar heat.

  • Some plants are covered with hair which helps keep them


  • Some plants grow in clumps to protect one another from the wind

    and cold.

  • Some plants have dish-like flowers that follow the sun,

    focusing more solar heat on the center of the flower, helping the

    plant stay warm.

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