Desert Plants

Roderick and Friends with Cacti in GreenhouseDeserts are the home to many living things. In fact, deserts are second only to tropical rainforests in the variety of plant and animal species that live there.

How do you think plants grow in a place that is very, very dry? 

Many of the fascinating features of desert plants are adaptations -- traits that help the plant survive in its harsh environment. Desert plants have two main adaptations: 

    Ability to collect and store water 
    Features that reduce water loss 
Desert plants often look different than plants in any other biome. Click on the questions to your left to learn more about desert plants and see their pictures. 


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