The National Snow and Ice Data Center explains that different species of plants adapt to cold weather in a variety of ways, such as growing in forms that shed snow readily or by retaining dead leaves to help insulate the... More »

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 p... More »

The first types of plant to adapt to land were the ancestors of green algae. They adapted through the evolution of body support, transport of materials such as water, fertilization, and the development of the embryo. More »

Several plant species have heart-shaped, or cordate, leaves, including the aptly named String of Hearts plant and the Caladium. The String of Hearts is a succulent plant with long strands of fleshy, heart-shaped leaves. ... More »

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Botanists identify plants according to key characteristics such as the area in which the plant is growing, the shape of the plant's leaves, the type of bark or lack of bark and the presence or lack of fruit and flowers. ... More »

The process of transpiration is when water moves through plants from the roots to the leaves, then changes to vapor as it leaves the plant. Transpiration cools the plant and also provides it with nutrients, carbon dioxid... More »

Photosynthesis, the process by which plants convert the sun's energy to glucose, takes place during daylight hours when the plant's leaves are exposed to sunlight. This process only occurs in green plants and in some pro... More »