Love the cactus growing out of a rock, is it? The interesting part is how it spreads it's seeds. Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on June 27, 2018: This brought back to memory our stay in Tucson, Arizona. Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. You must ask your neighbor to be more careful in the future. Animal adaptations for living in the desert. Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on May 27, 2018: It is amazing to see just how many plants flourish in desert conditions. The University of Arizona has been evaluating anunusednative grass species for turfgrass adaptation that is commonly referred to as saltgrass; the genus isDistichlis. Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on September 20, 2016: Beautiful plants and amazing of their nature. The plants are so resilient. This gray green perennial is 4 to 16 inches tall. Therefore the plants should have the ability to absorb large quantities of water in a short time. At high ... Desert saltgrass--a potential ground cover for intensive use areas. Examples of Phreatophytes – Mesquites (Prosopis sp), Salt cedar (Tamarix gallica), Sarcobatus vermiculatus, Willow (Salix), Cottonwood (Populus), saltgrass (Distichlis stricata), and Baccharis. In the spring of one year a friend and I got to see a wondrous array of blooming wildflowers in Death Valley National Park. So much good information. Thank you.. Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on September 06, 2016: Thanks for the nature lesson. These clusters cast shades to protect the cactus from the intense heat. Where I am from desert just means arid with a desert precipitation. Each cluster has 7 – 15 spines. D. J. HANSEN, P. DAYANANDAN, PETER B. KAUFMAN, AND J. D. BROTHERSON2 Department of Botany, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor 48104 ABSTRACT Salt grass is an important pioneer plant in early stages of … Had I read this before, I would have been able to recognize the plants there. Old Man Prickly Pear Cactus has spines that are 1 – 7 inches long and are white or pale yellow in color. Frailea) goes off very quickly. In the spring of one year a friend and I got to see a wondrous array of blooming wildflowers in Death Valley National Park. Old Man Prickly Pear Cactus has spines that are 1 – 7 inches long and are white or pale yellow in color. Wetland Plant Adaptations. A Allan Degen. http://www.mbgnet.net/bioplants/adapt.html, http://www.eebweb.arizona.edu/faculty/venable/pdfs/Venable%26Lawlor1980.pdf, http://succulent-plant.com/succulent.html. Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on September 20, 2016: DDE thank you for your visit. DreamerMeg from Northern Ireland on September 06, 2016: Life can survive in some VERY extreme conditions. Thank you! DESERT PLANT ADAPTATIONS Environmental Stresses for Desert Plants: 1. I have spent some time in tundra and coastal deserts. Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on September 06, 2016: Plants are like people aren't they? Succulent plants have an extensive shallow root system to absorb large amounts of water in a short time. These grasses range from commercially available cultivars to experimental grasses which are observed for turfgrass qualities and stress tolerant attributes. Plants that can store water are called succulents. The short spines are thick, and the long spines on the mature cactus are thin, hair-like and shadows the cactus from the harsh sun. The ideas of growing when its favorable is an idea to explore in human behavior. Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on September 06, 2016: The desert sunflower is beautiful and amazing. We investigated genetic differences in salinity tolerance among 20 saltgrass (Distichlis spicata (L.) Greene) genotypes, including constitutive, gender-based and phenotypic plasticity traits, to better understand the basis of adaptation and acclimation by saltgrass in diverse environments. Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on May 31, 2018: Wow! Must have been amazing. Thanks for the education. After a rainfall, the Ocotillo absorbs the available water, and sprouts leaves to start the process of photosynthesis and then flowers within a few weeks. It inhabits upper/high marsh (irregularly flooded) areas, in which the water levels vary between 2 inches above the soil surface and 6 inches below the soil surface. Succulent plants store water in fleshy leaves, stems, or roots and efficiently use the stored water as needed by the plant. Long periods of drought unpredictable precipitation 2. Plants adapt themselves to the desert conditions through the following mechanisms -. I just had a cactus like that die. Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on September 06, 2016: I love articles like this one. Thank you for your visit. I learned a lot. Audrey Howitt from California on September 16, 2016: I like succulents more and more--I realize that not all desert plants are succulents, but your piece just reminded me of them--really well researched article Vellur!! Desert annuals are plants that adapt to the desert conditions by completing their lifecycle when there is sparse rainfall, and then all the parts of the plant die. The adaptations of seeds to a desert environment are poorly understood. Because living things need water to survive, deserts are home to relatively few plants and animals. Plants that live in the desert are specially adapted to living in an environment that is dry, hot and doesn't have a lot of water. I enjoyed reading about them. Long periods of drought; unpredictable precipitation 2. Figure 1. You shared some very interesting facts. The seeds lie dormant until the conditions are favorable for growth. Examples of Desert Annuals - Desert sunflower (Geraea canescens), Mexican Gold Poppy (Eschscholtzia Mexicana), Lupine (Lupinus sparsiflorus), Owl Clover (Castilleja exserta), Desert Sand Verbena, Desert Paintbrush, and Mojave Aster. Rainfalls in the desert areas are sparse and occur for a short time. DreamerMeg thank you and am glad you found the read interesting. True xerophytes ? Thank you for your visit. To prevent the stored water from escaping through evaporation, the leaves of the succulent plants adapt themselves in the following ways -. DreamerMeg from Northern Ireland on September 06, 2016: Life can survive in some VERY extreme conditions. Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on September 06, 2016: I love articles like this one. Teddybear Chola Cactus (Cylindropuntia bigelovii). Must have been amazing. Nature's adaptability is amazing. Desert plants have amazing mechanisms through which they adapt to desert conditions. The seeds lie dormant till the conditions are favorable for growth. Plant Adaptations to Desert Conditions Due to the low rainfall and high temperatures found in deserts, evaporation exceeds precipitation. Domesticated species would be unable to survive this kind of food irregularity and heat, but their wild ancestors and counterparts have a number of behavioural and anatomical adaptations that enable them to scrape by on the few resources available to them. Thank you for your visit. Ericdierker thank you. DROUGHT TOLERATORS 1a. We used to have a few flowering cactus plants and they had pretty flowers. The desert plants adapt themselves by changing their physical structure or by altering the growth phases in their life cycle. We were fascinated by how different the plants are in the desert because they have to adapt. The spines are pale yellow in color. DROUGHT TOLERATORS ; 1a. few stomata (openings) through which water can evaporate, the reduced surface area of the leaves from which water can evaporate. Like other cholla from the hot deserts of Arizona and California, the green stems of cylindropuntia echinocarpa are covered by a very dense mass of sharp, easily-detached spines, here silver or golden in color, and the plant forms large clumps several feet high, centered on a short, thick trunk. Succulent plants have an extensive shallow root system to absorb large amounts of water in a short time. Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on May 27, 2018: It is amazing to see just how many plants flourish in desert conditions. High soil and leaf temperatures 3. Salt glands on the leaves extrude salt, allowing the plants to utilize salty water. Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on September 09, 2016: teaches1234 thank you for your visit and comment. vocalcoach am glad you enjoyed. I have spent some time in tundra and coastal deserts. Hedgehogs display a behaviour known as anointing. peachpurple oh yes the cactus can survive without water for a long time. Plants that grow in such areas have unique adaptations that help them survive the harsh conditions of the desert. Grizzlybear Prickly Pear Cactus (Opuntia erinacea). Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on September 06, 2016: Plants are like people aren't they? Deserts are great and have many things to admire but the harsh conditions make life difficult. Ericdierker thank you. U.S.A. on September 06, 2016: Great stuff. Let us study the mechanisms through which plants adapt themselves to the desert climate. Deserts are areas that have a hot, dry climate and receive little rainfall. The main purpose of these spines is to defend the hedgehog by deterring predators. Almost as much as forests. I just love deserts. FlourishAnyway from USA on September 06, 2016: Wow, it's amazing they survive at all. E-mail address: [email protected] peachpurple oh yes the cactus can survive without water for a long time. I enjoyed reading about the adaptations of desert plants. Grizzlybear Prickly Pear Cactus (Opuntia erinacea). Hedgehogs usually have around 5,000 stiff, sharp, keratin-containing spines. The tumbleweed grows as a normal plant would in its early stages. A to Z list of animals that live in the desert. Wind and rain easily pass through and cool the individual fan-shaped (palmate) or feather-shaped (pinnate) leaves of palm trees. The stems of the Ocotillo plant have a waxy coating to conserve water during dormancy. A cooler palm tree does not lose much water, making palm trees more heat- and drought-resistant. California Taxon Report . It's a rare plant that can live in salty soil without wilting. These clusters cast shades to protect the cactus from the intense heat. We used to have a few flowering cactus plants and they had pretty flowers. Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on September 06, 2016: Thank you for sharing all the interesting facts, Vellur. For example, the California fan palm's leaves shade the trunk, so less water evaporates. U.S.A. on September 06, 2016: Great stuff. by Erin Dorset, Wetland Monitoring & Assessment Program. Plants adapt themselves to the desert conditions through the following mechanisms -. http://www.mbgnet.net/bioplants/adapt.html, http://www.eebweb.arizona.edu/faculty/venable/pdfs/Venable%26Lawlor1980.pdf, http://succulent-plant.com/succulent.html. It can be found on other continents as well, where it is naturalized. It inhabits upper/high marsh This was a fascinating read from the first word to the last. Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on September 06, 2016: The desert sunflower is beautiful and amazing. To prevent the stored water from escaping through evaporation, the leaves of the succulent plants adapt themselves in the following ways -. They split open the cactus with their curved horns and eat the watery insides. Examples of Phreatophytes – Mesquites (Prosopis sp), Salt cedar (Tamarix gallica), Sarcobatus vermiculatus, Willow (Salix), Cottonwood (Populus), saltgrass (Distichlis stricata), and Baccharis. Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on July 01, 2018: Mary how plants adapt to their surroundings is amazing. vocalcoach am glad you enjoyed. High soil and leaf temperatures 3. In other words, an adaptation is a feature of an organism that enables it to live in a particular habitat. The leaf sheaths overlap tightly on the stem, adding to … Desert animals for kids with pictures and facts. The desert annuals grow, the flower produces seeds, and then die. Deserts are regions in which very little rain falls. In: Rangeland resources and society's needs--a look ahead to the 21st century: 25th annual meeting of the Society for Range Management; 1972 February 4-11; Washington, DC. Rainfalls in the desert areas are sparse and occur for a short time. Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on September 20, 2016: Beautiful plants and amazing of their nature. You really do a great job here. Xerophytes are desert plants that have modified their physical structure to cope with the arid conditions of the desert. I prefer describing your desert as a Hot Desert. 1. Let us study the mechanisms through which plants adapt themselves to the desert climate. Another unique adaptation of palm tree leaves is their shading ability. Once the flower becomes a fruit and the seeds are dispersed, the Ocotillo plant does not die but sheds its leaves and becomes dormant till the next rainfall. Bighorn Sheep can last for weeks on end without a direct water source, but instead get water from the barrel cactus. Desert survival techniques take a lot of your info and turn it into livability. The flattened seed florets are yellowish. I enjoyed reading about the adaptations of desert plants. I prefer describing your desert as a Hot Desert. Desert plants have some great adaptations for survival in dry environments. It can survive flooding and heavy saturated soils if the leaves are exposed to air, allowing air to be moved from the leaves to the roots through a series of interconnected passages. I over nurture. This was a fascinating read from the first word to the last. For example, the Ocotillo plant is a desert perennial that becomes dormant during drought conditions. peachy from Home Sweet Home on September 06, 2016: cactus is the only one I know that can live that long enough without water. Deb Hirt from Stillwater, OK on September 25, 2016: I learned a great deal from this article. Succulent plants are toxic or have spines to protect themselves from the thirsty animals in search of water. FlourishAnyway from USA on September 06, 2016: Wow, it's amazing they survive at all. Twenty-one lines of saltgrass were planted in field plots in both Arizona and Colorado. I went to Ariz. in the 70's and crossed the desert. few stomata (openings) through which water can evaporate, the reduced surface area of the leaves from which water can evaporate. Desert Saltgrass: A Potential New Turfgrass Harrison Hughes, Dana Christenen, Tony Koski, and Scott Reid SUMMARY A cooperative effort betwee Colorado State University and the University of Arizona is evaluating desert saltgrass (Distichlis spicata) for use as drought-tolerant turfgrass. I think nature is fascinating and I'm so happy when writers like you share your knowledge with me. Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on May 31, 2018: Wow! Phreatophytes are desert plants that depend solely on underground water. Almost as much as forests. I just had a cactus like that die. The spines are pale yellow in color. Many plants like the cactus have thick … Different types of adaptations. A graduate in botany, Nithya Venkat enjoys writing about plants that help sustain life on planet Earth. It is amazing to know about the desert plants survive in such harsh conditions. The answer - maybe. You shared some very interesting facts. Desert Animal Adaptation and Husbandry, Wyler Department of Dryland … Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on September 25, 2016: aviannovice am happy that you learned about desert plants through this hub, thank you for your visit. The stems of the Ocotillo plant have a waxy coating to conserve water during dormancy. Itshould not be confused with alkaligrass, a cool- season species that includes weeping alkaligrass(Puccinellia distans)and Lemmon alkaligrass(Puccinellia lem- peachy from Home Sweet Home on September 06, 2016: cactus is the only one I know that can live that long enough without water. Teddybear Chola Cactus (Cylindropuntia bigelovii). ECOLOGICAL ADAPTATIONS OF SALT MARSH GRASS, DISTICHLIS SPICATA (GRAMINEAE), AND ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS AFFECTING ITS GROWTH AND DISTRIBUTION! I went to Ariz. in the 70's and crossed the desert. The normal roots getting nutrients for the leaves to make photosynthesis. DESERT PLANT ADAPTATIONS Environmental Stresses for Desert Plants 1. Description 2, 4, 11, 67, 129. Deb Hirt from Stillwater, OK on September 25, 2016: I learned a great deal from this article. There is even a small cluster of prickly pear on the lake that I frequent in OK under a tree. Given below are a few adaptation techniques in the flora of the deserts, The plants in the desert have no leaves or rather they have modified leaves, resembling thorns, to reduce the loss of moisture from the surface of the leaves. I enjoyed your hub. Perennials are plants that survive for two or more growing seasons. The Teddybear Chola cactus has short, sharp spines arranged in clusters around the stem. lol. on September 06, 2016: The desert offers an array of interesting, spectacular plants. Corresponding Author. They are often under water for significant periods of time, meaning that they are frequently deprived of oxygen. Perennials are plants that survive for two or more growing seasons. Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on September 06, 2016: billybuc thank you; I have always found nature fascinating and draw my inspiration from the various aspects of nature. The seeds germinate towards the end of summer before winter and require a minimum of one inch of rainfall for the seeds to start germinating. Survival Adaptations: Unlike most mammals, Desert Bighorn Sheep's body temperature can safely fluctuate a few degrees without harmful consequences. Succulent plants store water in fleshy leaves, stems, or roots and efficiently use the stored water as needed by the plant. The rigid stems are green until autumn when they turn a beige color. Adaptation : Saltgrass is found in saline areas, brackish marshes, and in salt flats along the coasts of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, the Gulf of Mexico and the along the coast of South America. Saline soils Plants use anatomical, physiological and life history mechanisms for coping with harsh desert environments 10/24/07 1. I think nature is fascinating and I'm so happy when writers like you share your knowledge with me. The ideas of growing when its favorable is an idea to explore in human behavior. MsDora thank you for reading and leaving a comment. High soil and leaf temperatures 3. Audrey Howitt from California on September 16, 2016: I like succulents more and more--I realize that not all desert plants are succulents, but your piece just reminded me of them--really well researched article Vellur!! Thank you! I enjoyed your hub. Different species of grass are grown and evaluated for adaptation to desert conditions. Once the flower becomes a fruit and the seeds are dispersed, the Ocotillo plant does not die but sheds its leaves and becomes dormant till the next rainfall. Desert perennials are plants that survive by becoming dormant during drought conditions and start growing when water becomes available for plant growth. Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on September 17, 2016: Audrey Howitt thank you, the adaptations of plants to desert conditions are amazing, and succulents are very well adapted. I just love deserts. Interesting to read about different adaptations to harsh conditions. Desert Animal Adaptation and Husbandry, Wyler Department of Dryland Agriculture, Jacob Blaustein Institute for Desert Research, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Beer Sheva 84105, Israel . Long periods of drought; unpredictable precipitation 2. Succulent plants are toxic or have spines to protect themselves from the thirsty animals in search of water. Saline soils Plants use anatomical, physiological and life history mechanisms for coping with harsh desert environments 2. Desert plants have amazing mechanisms through which they adapt to desert conditions. Some seems to have to age a bit before it will germinate. Desert annuals are plants that adapt to the desert conditions by completing their lifecycle when there is sparse rainfall, and then all the parts of the plant die. salt grass, inland saltgrass, desert saltgrass, seaside saltgrass, spike grass, alkali grass. Interesting to read about different adaptations to harsh conditions. The seeds germinate towards the end of summer before winter and require a minimum of one inch of rainfall for the seeds to start germinating. stricta) [Poaceace], native to the Americas, is currently being cultivated as forage on salt-affected lands with distinct ecotypes for coastal and inland regions: maximum salinity tolerance ranges from 15,000 ppm to full-strength seawater depending on the population. Search for more papers by this author. However, my cactus tree died when my neighbor sprayed weed killer to it. Most cactus seeds germinate fairly easily (in cultivation) and will remain viable for several years. So much good information. Opuntoideae seed is notoriously difficult to germinate, perhaps because they need to be frozen or passed through an animal The seeds lie dormant until the conditions are favorable for growth. Only the strong survive. Desert survival techniques take a lot of your info and turn it into livability. Xerophytes are desert plants that have modified their physical structure to cope with the arid conditions of the desert. MsDora thank you for reading and leaving a comment. Examples of Desert Annuals - Desert sunflower (Geraea canescens), Mexican Gold Poppy (Eschscholtzia Mexicana), Lupine (Lupinus sparsiflorus), Owl Clover (Castilleja exserta), Desert Sand Verbena, Desert Paintbrush, and Mojave Aster. Adaptations; Camouflage ; Desert Environment; Types of plants; Types of Animals; The Thorny Devil . I over nurture. The desert biome poses adverse conditions which requires certain adaptations on the part of desert animals and plants to fulfill their basic needs. The short spines are thick, and the long spines on the mature cactus are thin, hair-like and shadows the cactus from the harsh sun. Adaptation: Saltgrass is found in saline areas, brackish marshes, and in salt flats along the coasts of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, the Gulf of Mexico and the along the coast of South America. Desert saltgrass (Distichlis spicata) grows in damp, salty areas like along the Great Salt Lake. Thanks for the education. The roots of the Mesquite has been measured up to a length of 80 meters and is considered to be the longest among desert plants. lol. Structural adaptations are also important to plant’s survival in the desert. However, the desert hedgehog, which has adapted to carry less heavy spines, sometimes uses them for attacking predators by charging at them. The desert annuals grow, flower produces seeds and then die. This grass is native to the Americas, where it is widespread. Desert perennials are plants that survive by becoming dormant during drought conditions and start growing when water becomes available for plant growth. Thank you.. Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on September 06, 2016: Thanks for the nature lesson. Environmental adaptations: Saltgrass adapts to a broad range of environmental factors across its wide geographic range . Where I am from desert just means arid with a desert precipitation. You must ask your neighbor to be more careful in the future. We were fascinated by how different the plants are in the desert because they have to adapt. Adaptation: Saltgrass is found in saline areas, brackish marshes, and in salt flats along the coasts of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, the Gulf of Mexico and the along the coast of South America. There is even a small cluster of prickly pear on the lake that I frequent in OK under a tree. A graduate in botany, Nithya Venkat enjoys writing about plants that help sustain life on planet Earth. You really do a great job here. Adaptations of Desert Annuals Desert annuals are plants that adapt to the desert conditions by completing their lifecycle when there is sparse rainfall, and then all the parts of the plant die. Nature's adaptability is amazing. Adaptation is also a common term to describe these helpful or adaptive traits. Deserts are areas that have a hot, dry climate and receive little rainfall. Thank you for your visit. Adaptations of Desert Annuals Desert annuals are plants that adapt to the desert conditions by completing their lifecycle when there is sparse rainfall, and then all the parts of the plant die. I enjoyed reading about them. Most of the hundred-plus gerbil species survive in harsh, arid conditions in the wild. Some (e.g. It is amazing to know about the desert plants survive in such harsh conditions. Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on September 06, 2016: Thank you for sharing all the interesting facts, Vellur. Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on September 25, 2016: aviannovice am happy that you learned about desert plants through this hub, thank you for your visit. Inland Saltgrass has several interesting adaptations to its habitat. Description and Adaptation Saltgrass is a low growing, rhizomatous, sometimes stoloniferous, warm season, perennial grass The leaves are short, paired, sharply pointed, and erect giving this grass a spiky appearance. Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on September 09, 2016: teaches1234 thank you for your visit and comment. Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on September 07, 2016: Jackie Lynnley the strong survive but they have to adapt in different ways. Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. I learned a lot. One such grass is saltgrass, which can tolerate salt levels between ½ to 1½ times that of sea water. The plants are so resilient. There is a lot of interesting facts in this article. However, my cactus tree died when my neighbor sprayed weed killer to it. Leaves are also smaller on desert plants, further reducing the possibility for water loss. DreamerMeg thank you and am glad you found the read interesting. Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on June 27, 2018: This brought back to memory our stay in Tucson, Arizona. The desert annuals grow, the flower produces seeds, and then die. Marine organisms have adapted to the great diversity of habitats and distinctive environmental conditions in the marine environment. This involves biting or licking items with strong scents or poisons, forming a paste with saliva and the new substance, and then flicking the paste onto i… After a rainfall, the Ocotillo absorbs the available water, and sprouts leaves to start the process of photosynthesis and then flowers within a few weeks. The Teddybear Chola cactus has short, sharp spines arranged in clusters around the stem. It is extremely salt tolerant. Distichlis spicata is a species of grass known by several common names, including seashore saltgrass, inland saltgrass, and desert saltgrass. Each cluster has 7 – 15 spines. The desert plants adapt themselves by changing their physical structure or by altering the growth phases in their life cycle. The roots of the Mesquite has been measured up to a length of 80 meters and is considered to be the longest among desert plants. Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on July 01, 2018: Mary how plants adapt to their surroundings is amazing. Evergreen shrubs ? Saltgrass is a spreading perennial grass from horizontal stems (rhizomes and stolons) that produce roots and new plants along their length, much like Bermuda grass; one plant can give rise to a dense stand. The desert annuals grow, the flower produces seeds, and then die. Had I read this before, I would have been able to recognize the plants there. Only the strong survive. Even so, salt grass can't grow as close to the water's edge as other plants like pickleweed. Plants that can store water are called succulents. Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. Desert plants have some great adaptations for survival in dry environments. DESERT PLANT ADAPTATIONS Environmental Stresses for Desert Plants: 1. 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. There is a lot of interesting facts in this article. It inhabits upper/high marsh (irregularly flooded) areas, in which the water levels vary between 2 inches above the soil surface and 6 inches below the soil surface. Deserts are great and have many things to admire but the harsh conditions make life difficult. Wetland plants live a tough life. Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on September 07, 2016: Jackie Lynnley the strong survive but they have to adapt in different ways. To cope with this situation, desert plants have evolved a wide range of structural and physiological adaptations to minimize water loss. on September 06, 2016: The desert offers an array of interesting, spectacular plants. Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on September 06, 2016: billybuc thank you; I have always found nature fascinating and draw my inspiration from the various aspects of nature. Stress tolerant attributes this article climate and receive little rainfall and animals offers an array interesting. 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