Desert plants strengthen and maximize their chances of survival in arid environments through behavioral and physical adaptation mechanisms. Much like desert animals, desert plants such as cactus, agave and owl's clover practice different but effective adaptive strategies, including drought tolerance, succulence and drought avoidance. These techniques enable indigenous organisms to survive and thrive in an arid desert, though these same mechanisms also prevent them from adapting in a different environment.Continue Reading
Desert plants are remarkably different than plants from rainforests or other regions. They have thick, thorny bodies and tiny leaves that, unlike other plants, are rarely bright green in color. Phreatophytes, for example, are drought tolerant plants with very long roots that enable them to obtain water from near the water table. A succulent plant, cacti store water in their fleshy leaves, which allows them to absorb large amounts of water in a short period of time. Some desert plants remain dormant during dry or wet times of year. Desert sunflowers are annual wildflowers that cease to exist during unfavorable conditions. They complete their reproductive cycle during the wet season and then die after spending all their energy to produce seeds.
Many plants may not thrive or even survive in an arid or cold desert environment, but animals and plants that have spent all their lives in this type of habitat are able to live and flourish in deserts, even during the most extreme weather.Learn more about Botany
Desert plants have special adaptations that allow them to survive the harsh environment in which they live. DesertUSA describes these adaptations as both "physical and behavioral mechanisms."Full Answer >
One adaptation that oak trees exhibit is very deep root systems, which help them find water. This is especially useful in a habitat that's prone to drought. The leaves of many oaks are thick and have small stomata, which reduces the rate of evaporation and water use.Full Answer >
No one knows why sunflowers track the sun, but scientists suspect that it may enhance the flower’s chances for pollination, increase the amount of heat the flower absorbs or accelerate the maturation of the sunflower seeds. Sunflowers achieve their movement through the differential growth rate of the cells in the stem. When the cells on the right side of the plant grow quickly, the flower head tilts the opposite direction.Full Answer >
Pineapples grow on leafy plants on the ground in tropical environments or in artificially heated and lighted spaces. They are very hardy plants that do not take much work to grow. Pineapples can grow outdoors in beds or indoors in pots. The pineapple plant consists of leaves twisted around a stem. A healthy pineapple plant's leaves can grow to be 5 feet long.Full Answer >