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Xerophytic Adaptations
Xerophytes are plants that are adapted to conditions that make transpiration
extremely fast e.g. hot, dry and windy conditions. They usually live in deserts or sand
dunes which are both very windy environments which receive very little precipitation
which is lost to the environment very quickly.

Xerophytes usually…

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the photosynthesis occurs and they are covered with a very thick cuticle meaning no
water can escape this surface.

Cacti also have a different way of transpiring. They only open their stomata during the
night when temperatures are very cool and so water loss is minimized. CO2 is absorbed


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