Readers will be surprised to discover that many features commonly ascribed to desert plants are rareley observed in the most common species instead the typical structural adaptations of nonsucculent warm desert plants are now viewed as ways to maximize photosynthetic rate. Desert animal adaptations an adaptation is a physical or behavioral characteristic an organism uses to increase its chances of survival as we discussed previously living in the desert presents . These organisms are well suited to their environment because they have special adaptations to desert conditions adaptations are features of organisms that help them survive and reproduce they are the traits that result from many generations of natural selection desert plants have several types of adaptations that help them conserve water 1. Structural adaptations are also important to plants survival in the desert wax coatings on leaves prevent water loss through evaporation which in the hot desert can cause loss of water from both the surface and the inside of leaves leaves are also smaller on desert plants further reducing the possibility for water loss. Adaptations of desert organisms edited by j l cloudsley thompson structure function relations ofwarm desert plants by ac gibson 1996 having an interest in the diversity of adaptations by whieh plants are able to survive and hopefully encourage such plants to be
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