Asked by: Remigia Wischeler
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How do cactus adapt to the desert?

A cactus has several adaptations that allow it to survive in a desert. The cactus can store very large amounts of water inside its cells, which are protected from evaporation by having a small surface area to volume ratio and a thick waxy layer called a cuticle on the outside of the plant.

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In respect to this, what are some adaptations of a cactus?

Some of the adaptations of cactus are:

  • Stem turned into thick leaf like green structure, which performs photosynthesis.
  • Leave modified to thorns which minimizes transpiration loss of water. Thorns also prevent it from eating by wild animals.
  • Its prbably a CAM plant. ( i am not sure about it).

Beside above, how do tumbleweeds adapt to the desert? Tumbleweeds produce tube shaped leaves during seedling, which reduce the surface area for evaporation, just like cacti. It also has a taproot that allows it to access moist soil within the earth, which gives it just enough nutrients to survive. Because of this, these plants do not adapt very well to very moist soil.

Beside above, how do plants adapt to the desert?

To survive, desert plants have adapted to the extremes of heat and aridity by using both physical and behavioral mechanisms, much like desert animals. Phreatophytes are plants that have adapted to arid environments by growing extremely long roots, allowing them to acquire moisture at or near the water table.

How are cactus adapted to survive in a desert in short?

To survive in a desert, the cactus has the following adaptations: (i) It has long roots that go deep inside the soil for absorbing water. (ii) Its leaves are present in the form of spines to prevent water loss through transpiration. (iii) Its stem is covered with a thick waxy layer to retain water.

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