View of cactus growing on volcanic rock

View of cactus growing on volcanic rock

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Credit: DR MORLEY READ/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Cactus on volcanic rock. View of a cactus growing on volcanic rock lava. This cactus has long branches covered with spines. Cactus spines are modified leaves which protect the plant from herbivores and reduce moisture loss associated with normal plant leaves. Cacti are an example of succulent plants; those that can store water in swollen tissue and survive in desert regions. Photographed on Bartholome Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador,

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Keywords: arid adapted, botany, cactus, galapagos, galapagos islands, growing on volcano, island, nature, plant, succulent, succulent plants, volcanic rock

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