Modified Leaf of a Plant

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This intriguing adaptation of plants, modified leaves, not only comprise the necessary functions of ordinary leaves, such as transpiration, photosynthesis, storage and so on; but however additional functions, that will result in the modification of a leaf. Such adjustments to a leaf, may include change of color, size, shape, and so on. There are several examples of modified leaves, which thoroughly exhibit how modified leaves are subject to their surrounding environment; such as nitrogen-capturing leaves, like venus fly traps, bladderwort, will capture insects with their leaves, for an extra source of nitrogen, due to typically surviving in nitrogen-depleted environment; tendrils of peas assist in climbing; succulent leaves (like those pictured above) which maintain large amounts of water, certain spines like those on a cacti serve as a defense mechanism, protecting the cacti’s limited water storage from predators; and much more! As can be seen, modified leaves are quite fascinating, and give much insight on to the environment plant lives in and how they cope with such conditions.

 

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