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9210 Outline four adaptations of xerophytes

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9.2.10 Outline four adaptations of xerophytes that help to reduce transpiration. (2)


-          These could include: reduced leaves, rolled leaves, spines, deep roots, thickened waxy cuticle, reduced number of stomata, stomata in pits surrounded by hairs, water storage tissue, low growth form, CAM (crassulacean acid metabolism) and C4 physiology.

-          Vertical stems absorb sunlight early and late in the day, but not at midday when light is most intense

-          Thick waxy cuticle covers the stem

-          CAM (crassulacean acid metabolism) physiology, which involves the opening of stomata during the cool nights instead of in the intense heat of the day

-          Spines take the place of leaves to reduce surface area, preventing transpiration





 Define xerophyte

Define transpiration

State four adaptations of xerophytes that help to reduce transpiration

Comments (1)

HL-Sunny said

at 6:24 pm on Apr 21, 2010

Jennifer, what is xerophyte? I think this answer might have been constructed better if there was a table. i.e. one column with adaptation and one with the purpose?
Mr. Reimer, can defining a term is the question as a background information give a point on a test?

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