Cactus

Cactus

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This image is part of the feature Toughest Flowers

Credit: DAVID NUNUK/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Cactus with flowers. Cacti have their leaves reduced to sharp spines to prevent water loss. They also have a thick, waxy outer layer for the same reason. These adaptations allow them to live in arid areas. Photographed in Mexico.

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Keywords: adaptation, adapted, arid, biological, biology, botanical, botany, cactus, dry, flower, flowers, nature, plant, spike, spiky, spine, spines

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