Cactus spines

Cactus spines

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Caption: Cactus spines. Close-up of the spines of a cactus (family Cactaceae) plant. Most species of cacti have lost true leaves, retaining only spines, which are highly modified leaves designed to reduce water loss and to provide protection against herbivorous animals.

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