Taiga

By: Jessamyn Gonzales

Taiga Plant Adaptations

  • Many trees are evergreen so that plants can photosynthesize right away when temperatures rise.
  • Many trees have needle-like leaves which shape loses less water and sheds snow more easily than broad leaves.
  • Many trees have branches that droop downward to help shed excess snow to keep the branches from breaking.

Reproductive Adaptations

  • Waxy coating on needle to prevent evaporation's.
  • Needles stay dark in color which allows them to save more solar heat to be absorbed, so that when it snows the branches won't break.

Grasslands

Temperate Grassland Plant Adaptations

  • During a fire, while above-ground portions of grasses may perish, the root portions survive to sprout again.
  • Prairie shrubs readily resprout after fire.
  • Extensive root systems prevent grazing animals from pulling roots out of the ground.
  • Prairie grasses have narrow leaves which lose less water than broad leaves.
  • Grasses grow from near their base, not from tip, thus are not permanently damages from grazing animals or fire.

Reproductive Adaptations

  • Some prairie trees have thick bark to resist fire.
  • Roots of prairie grasses extend deep into the ground to absorb as much moisture as they can.
  • Many grasses take advantage of exposed, windy conditions and are wind pollinated.