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What are the adaptations of cactus?


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Answered 2012-05-12 05:48:18

The adaptations of the cactus includes small and spiky leaves that reduce evaporation of water. It also prevents loss of water. The cactus has also a thick and juicy stem that stores water. It carries out photosynthesis like any other normal green plant.

Waxy leaves, long roots, have needles

Cactuses have many adaptions to survive in dry, hot regions. Such as:

- Being greyish/silver in color: To reflect heat of the sun and reduce water loss

- A swollen stem: To store water

- Rolled up leaves (only in certain cacti) to reduce surface area that is exposed to the sun, therefore preventing water loss

- Covered in thorns: Helps protect the plant from animals trying to eat it

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