Deserts & Rainforests
Desert Plant Adaptations
<>Plants called succulents store water in stems or leaves
<>Leaves are typically small or seasonal, growing after it rains, some plants don't have leaves and conduct photosynthesis through their green stems.
<>Long root systems.
<>Some plants have short life cycles to evade drought.
<>Some plants have leaves with hair on it help reduce water loss by shading the plant.
<>Plants like cacti have spines to stop animals from eating the plant for water.
<>They grow more slowly, because it requires less energy, and don't have to make as much food, and save water.
<>Plants have drip tips, and waxy surfaces for the run off of water.
<>Stilt roots help hold up the plants in the soft soil, and other plants climb others to reach the sunlight.
<>Smooth bark also help in run off of water.
<>Plants have shallow roots so they can get nutrients from the top level of the soil.
<>Flowers are designed to attract pollinators because there is hardly any wind on the forest floor.