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    The complex parts of flowers and fruits are arranged in distinctive patterns that can be characterized exactly. Escort danmark wexford, stamens, and other structures can be counted and their lengths and widths measured and these are usually less variable than the dimensions of leaves.

    The point of attachment of the stamens to the petals or other parts can be described unambiguously. For example, a flower that has many more than ten petals and sepals that intergrade into one another, many stamens usually hundredsa two- to multi-lobed stigma, and an ovary enveloped in stem tissue may be unequivocally identified as belonging to a member of the cactus family.

    All species of cacti possess some variation of this basic pattern, and no other plant group does. To recognize floral patterns you must be able to identify the parts of a flower.

    The drawing on shows the anatomy of a generalized flower. If done well, twenty questions is sufficient to eliminate every other possibility in the world and leave the correct answer standing.

    Assume, for example, that the unknown thing is a dog. The enormous inventory of the universe has been narrowed to a very short list in only five questions.

    Botanists identify plants and zoologists, animals Meet horny girls in statesboro ga to them with a Twenty Questions-like procedure called a dichotomous key or simply, key. A key is a nested series of dual choices that quickly narrows the possibilities to a single species.

    For example, the first pair of choices might ask you whether the flower has three petals versus four or five.

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    Each of the two possible answers le to another pair of choices, and so on, until you have identified your quarry out ofspecies of flowering plants.

    But before you can use such a key effectively, or before you can describe your unknown to someone who will identify it for you, you must know the parts of the flower and plant you are examining.

    The sepals collectively make up the calyx. They enclose all other flower parts in the bud, usually completely concealing the rest of the flower until it opens. The petals collectively make up the corolla.

    Petals are frequently the visual advertising banner that attracts pollinators. Petals and sepals look similar in many flowers, such as in lilies and agaves. By definition the sepals are the parts on the outside; petals are typically concealed in the bud stage.

    The corolla and Gilgandra girls looking for sex make up the perianth.

    The perianth parts may be separate or fused together for part or all of their length. Often there is only one series of perianth parts. Of necessity these must be on the outside and therefore they are sepals, even if they are large and colorful. The female part of a flower Find sex buddy in gippsland the pistil, composed of stigma, style and ovary also called ovulary.

    The ovary contains ovules, which develop into seeds when fertilized by the sperm in pollen. Seeds are plant embryos encased in a protective membrane, usually along with stored energy to fuel germination. If the ovary is visible beneath the calyx, it is said to be inferior.

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    It is superior if you must look inside the flower to see it that is to say, it is above the calyx. The male part of a flower is the stamen, composed of the anther and the filament. Anthers produce pollen grains, which contain sperm cells. Photosynthesis Chlorophyll is one of the most consequential chemicals in the biosphere.

    Nearly all life on the planet depends on it. Living organisms seem to defy the law of entropy, the universal tendency toward increasing disorder in a closed system.

    By using energy acquired from outside they prevent themselves—temporarily—from dying and disintegrating into simple, dissociated molecules becoming disordered. A small of species derive their energy from metabolizing sulfur compounds. All others, including all the organisms that we encounter in everyday life, depend on solar energy light to maintain their orderly existence.

    Outside of science fiction there is no such Talk to horney girls online in chandrapur as a photon battery.

    Enter photosynthesis. Green plants use light energy to combine low-energy molecules carbon dioxide and water into high-energy molecules carbohydrateswhich they accumulate and store as energy reserves. Chlorophyll the green pigment in plants is the only known substance in the universe that can capture volatile light energy and convert it into a stable form usable for biological processes chemical energy.

    Almost without exception living organisms—plants, animals, and even fungi and bacteria—obtain energy for sustaining life from carbohydrates sugars and starches by the meta- bolic process of aerobic respiration.

    The mechanical act of breathing, however, is only the first step in the physiological process of respiration.

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    Respiration is the chemical pathway through which carbohydrate is broken down oxidized into carbon dioxide and water, releasing the energy stored in the carbohydrate molecules. The multiple arrows indicate many sequential chemical reactions.

    Green plants manufacture carbohydrates by photosynthesis. Animals acquire their carbohydrates by eating plants or other animals.

    Water is absorbed through the roots, and CO2 diffuses into the leaves through the stomates valved pores in leaf and stem surfaces.

    The plant s several carbon dioxide molecules and adds hydrogen atoms split from water molecules to form molecules of sugar simple carbohydrate. Surplus oxygen atoms from the water molecules are released through the stomates as oxygen gas O2. When a plant needs energy to Sex store in the maidenhead new leaves or flowers, it does exactly what animals do—it respires carbohydrate to release the stored energy.

    The complex respiratory pathway of scores of individual chemical reactions is nearly identical in all life forms: bacteria, mushrooms, saguaros, coyotes, and even in the highest life forms such as to.

    In contrast to plants, animals use Hartford chat line free numbers as their main energy store; it has twice the of calories per gram as do carbohydrate and protein. When animals in need of energy run low on the small amount of carbohydrate stored in the liver or circulating in the blood, they convert fat or protein, if they run out of fat into carbohydrate and then respire it.

    Other sugars with more carbon atoms are later synthesized from this first one. More than 90 percent of all plant species use C3 exclusively, but there are two specialized supplementary variations.

    One variant is called C4 photosynthesis because the first stable product is a 4-carbon sugar.

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    Plants with C4 metabolism actively transport carbon dioxide to localized bundles of photosynthetic tissue. This process offers improved efficiencies under hot, sunny conditions. C4 plants use carbon dioxide more efficiently by bypassing photorespiration and lose less water through transpiration water evaporated from inside plants per unit of carbohydrate made.

    The overall result is that C4 plants can grow much faster under high temperatures than most C3 plants.

    The majority of summer-growing grasses in warm climates are C4. So are many other summer-growing plants, especially weeds invasive pioneer plants that seem to spring up overnight, such as pigweed Amaranthus spp.

    Another variant of photosynthesis, cam, is discussed under the succulence section of this chapter on Adaptation enables indigenous organisms not merely to survive here, but to thrive. Furthermore, specialized adaptations often result in a requirement for the seasonal drought and heat. For example, the saguaro, well adapted to its subtropical desert habitat, cannot survive in a rain forest or in any other biome, not even a cold desert.

    In these other places it would rot, freeze, or be shaded out by faster growing plants.

    Aridity is the major—and almost the only—environmental factor that creates a desert, and it is this functional water deficit that serves as the primary limitation to which desert organisms must adapt. Desert plants survive the long rainless periods with three main adaptive strategies: succulence, drought tolerance, and drought evasion.

    Each of these is a different but effective suite of adaptations for prospering under conditions that would kill plants from other regions. Succulence As a group succulents are the most picturesque desert plants. They capture our attention because they look nothing like the familiar Lonely married seeking women want sex of the temperate zone where most people live.

    Their vernacular names suggest how they command our attention: elephant tree, boojum, jumping cholla, creeping devil, and shindagger.

    Succulent plants store water in fleshy leaves, stems or roots in compounds or cells from which it is not easily lost see photo on All cacti are succulents, as are such non-cactus desert dwellers as agaves, aloes, elephant trees, and many euphorbias.

    Several other adaptations are essential for the water-storing habit to be effective. Because roots take up water by passive diffusion, succulents can absorb water only from soil that is wetter Prostitution in douglas hemel hempstead their own moist interiors.

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    To cope with these conditions, nearly all succulents have extensive, shallow root systems. The roots of a two-foot-tall cholla in an extremely arid site may be thirty feet 9 m long.

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    The stems and leaves of most species have waxy cuticles that render them nearly waterproof when the stomates are closed.

    Water is further conserved by reduced surface areas; most succulents have few leaves agavesno leaves most cactior leaves that are deciduous in dry seasons elephant Black shemale alta lee Bursera spp.

    The water is also bound in extracellular mucilages and inulins—compounds that hold tightly onto the water. Many succulents possess a water-efficient variant of photosynthesis called CAM, an acronym for Crassulacean Acid Metabolism.

    The first word refers to the stonecrop family Crassulaceae in which the phenomenon was first discovered. Dudleya is in this family, as are hen-and-chickens and jade plant.

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    During the day the stomates are closed and the plants are nearly completely sealed against water loss; photosynthesis is conducted using the Best free sex sites middlesbrough carbon dioxide.

    At night the temperatures are lower and humidity higher than during the day, so less water is lost through transpiration.

    Plants using CAM lose about one-tenth as much water per unit of carbohydrate synthesized as do those using standard C3 photosynthesis. But there is a trade-off: the overall rate of photosynthesis is slower, so CAM plants grow more slowly than most C3 plants.

    The equilibrium between gaseous carbon dioxide and the organic acid is dependent on temperature. Acid formation carbon dioxide storage is favored at cool temperatures; higher temperatures stimulate release of carbon dioxide from the acid. Thus CAM works most efficiently in climates that have a large daily temperature range, such as arid lands.

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    Cool nights allow much carbon dioxide to be stored as acid, and the warm days cause most of the carbon dioxide to be released for photosynthesis.

    A note of interest: A plant in CAM mode will store enough acid to impart a sour taste in early morning; the flavor becomes bland by afternoon when the acid is used up.

    Many succulents possess CAM, as do semisucculents such as some yuccas, epiphytic growing on trees or rocks orchids, and xerophytic arid-adapted bromeli. Exceptions are stem succulents with deciduous, non-succulent leaves, such as elephant trees Bursera spp. Succulents from hot, humid climates that lack substantial daily temperature fluctuations also usually do not use CAM.

    Some succulents, such as Agave deserti, can switch from CAM to C3 photosynthesis when water is abundant, allowing faster growth. Over five percent of all plant species spread among thirty or more plant families are known to use CAM.

    Another crucial attribute of CAM plants is their idling metabolism during droughts. When CAM plants become water-stressed, the stomates remain closed both day and night and the fine water-permeable roots are sloughed off. However, a low level of respiration oxidation of carbohydrate into water, carbon dioxide and energy is carried out within the still-moist tissues.

    The carbon dioxide released by respiration is Palo verde arizona fuck buddy wanted into the photosynthetic pathway to make more carbohydrate, and the oxygen released by photosynthesis is recycled for respiration.

    Thus the plant never goes completely dormant but is metabolizing slowly—idling. Just as an idling engine can rev up to full speed more quickly than a cold one, an idling CAM plant can full growth in twenty-four to forty-eight hours after a rain.

    Agaves can sprout visible new roots just five hours after a rain, whereas it may take a couple of weeks for a dormant nonsucculent shrub to full metabolic activity. Therefore, succulents can take rapid and maximum advantage of the soil moisture from a summer rain before it quickly evaporates.

    The combination of shallow roots and the CAM-idling which allows rapid response enables succulents to benefit from rain even in amounts less than G inch 6 mm.

    Most succulent plants are spiny, bitter, or toxic, and often all three. Some unarmed, nontoxic species are restricted to inaccessible locations.

    Smooth prickly pear Opuntia phaeacantha var. Still others rely on camouflage; Arizona night-blooming cereus Peniocereus greggii closely resembles the dry stems of the shrubs in which it grows. These adaptations are all deterrents that are never completely effective. Evolution is a Free chat line number in ballerup process in which some animals develop new Wagga wagga online prostitute behaviors to avoid spines or new metabolic pathways to neutralize the toxins of certain species.

    In response the plants are continually improving their defenses.

    For example, packrats can handle even the spiniest chollas and rarely get stuck. They also eat prickly pear for water and manage to excrete the oxalates which could clog the kidneys of some other animals. Drought Tolerance Drought-tolerant plants often appear to be dead or dying during the dry seasons.

    A tomato plant will wilt and die within days after its soil dries out. But many nonsucculent desert plants survive months or even years with no rain.

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    In the polar zones the growing season is too short to complete a life cycle. In both habitats the intense competition for suitable growing sites favors longevity. Annuals become common only in communities that have dry seasons, where the perennials are widely spaced because they must command a large soil area to survive the drier years.

    In the occasional wetter years, both open space and moisture are available to be exploited by plants that can do so rapidly.

    The more arid the habitat, the greater the proportion of annual species in North America. The percentage decreases in the extremely arid parts of the Saharan-Arabian region. In the driest habitats, such as the sandy flats near Yuma, Arizona, up to ninety percent of the plants are annuals.

    Winter annuals provide most of the color for our famous wildflower shows. A couple of exceptions are brittlebush when it occurs in pure stands, and exten Palo verde arizona fuck buddy wanted woodlands of foothill palo verde Cercidium microphyllum.

    The most common of the showy winter annuals that contribute to these displays in southern Arizona are Mexican gold poppy Eschscholtzia mexicanalupine Lupinus sparsiflorusand owl-clover Castilleja exserta, formerly Orthocarpus purpurascens.

    One of the contributing factors to the great of annual species is niche separation. Most species have definite preferences for particular soil textures, and perhaps soil chemistry as well. For example, in the Pinacate region of northwestern Sonora there are places where gravels of volcanic cinder are dissected by drainage channels or wind deposits of fine silt.

    In wet years Nama demissum purple mat grows abundantly on the gravel and the related Nama hispidum sand bells on the silt. I have seen the two species within inches of each other where these soil types meet, but Garner lonly woman one plant of either species could be found on the other soil.

    There are specialists in loose sand such as dune evening primrose Oenothera deltoides and sand verbena Abronia villosaand others are restricted to rocky soils, such as most caterpillar weeds Phacelia spp.

    This phenomenon of occupying different physical locations is spatial niche separation.

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    Another diversity-promoting phenomenon is temporal niche separation: the mix of species at the same location changes from year to year. Seeds of the various species have different germination requirements. The time of the season which influences temperature and quantity of the first germination-triggering rain determines which species will dominate, or even be present at all in that year.

    Of the three most common Leicester escort of southern Arizona listed above, any one may occur in a nearly pure stand on a given hillside in different years, and occasionally all three are nearly equally abundant.

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    This interpretation of the cause of these year-to-year variations is a hypothesis based on decades of empirical observation. Much more research is needed to discover the ecological requirements of most species of desert annuals. Summer and winter annuals almost never overlap. The dramatic wildflower shows are only a small part of the ecological story of desert annuals.

    Every time the desert has a wet fall or winter it will turn green with annuals, but it will not always be ablaze with other colors.

    One of the most common winter annuals is desert plantain Plantago insularis. It usually grows only a few inches tall and bears spikes of tiny greenish flowers, Best hookers chemnitz billions of plants cover many square miles in good years.

    The tiny seeds are covered with a soluble fiber which forms a sticky mucilage when wet by rain; this aids germination by retaining water around the seed and sticking it to the ground. The buckwheat family Polygonaceae is well- represented.

    The semisucculent yuccas have some Palo verde arizona fuck buddy wanted storage capacity, but rely on deep roots to obtain most of their water.

    There are more than a score of skeleton weeds Eriogonum spp. Fiddlenecks Amsinckia spp. These more modest species produce more biomass than the showy wildflowers in most years, and thus form the foundation of a great food pyramid.

    Some perennials also evade drought much as annuals do, by having underground parts that send up stems, leaves, and flowers only during wet years.

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    Desert larkspur Delphinium parryi is a perennial that has woody rootstocks but also sprouts only in wetter years.

    Desert mariposa Calochortus kennedyi and desert lily Hesperocallis undulata have bulbs that may remain dormant for several years until a deep soaking rain awakens them.

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    Our desert wildflower displays are in jeopardy from invasive exotic plants. Species such as Russian thistle Salsola tragus, also called S.

    Some are still increasing their geographic ranges with every wet winter. Disturbed sites such as sand dunes, washes naturally disturbed by wind and water, respectivelyroides, and livestock-grazed lands are particularly vulnerable to invasion by these aliens.

    Combined Drought Adaptations These three basic drought-coping strategies—succulence, drought tolerance, and drought avoidance—are not exclusive .

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    Ocotillo behaves as if it were a CAM-succulent, drought deciduous shrub, but it is neither CAM nor succulent see details in the species s. The genus Portulaca contains species that are succulent annuals. The seeds may wait for a wet spell to germinate, but the resulting plants can tolerate a moderate drought.

    The semisucculent yuccas have some water storage capacity, but rely on deep roots to obtain most of their water. Mesquite trees are often phreatophytes plants with their roots in the water tablebut some species can also grow as stunted shrubs on drier sites where ground water is beyond their reach.

    Adaptations to Other Desert Conditions Water scarcity is the most important—but not the only—environmental challenge to desert organisms.

    The aridity allows the sun to shine unfiltered through the clear atmosphere continuously from sunrise to sunset. This intense solar radiation produces very high summer temperatures which Find a prostitute hobart lethal to nonadapted plants.

    At night much of the accumulated heat radiates through the same clear atmosphere and the temperature drops dramatically. Microphylly the trait of having small leaves is primarily an adaptation to avoid overheating; it also reduces water loss.

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    Since the hottest time of Palo verde arizona fuck buddy wanted is also the driest, water is not available for transpiration.

    Non- succulent large-leafed plants in the desert environment would overheat and be killed. Desert gardeners know that tomatoes will burn in full desert sun even if well watered; their leaves are just too big to stay cool. Desert plants that do have large leaves produce them only during the cool or rainy season or else live in shaded microhabitats.

    There are a few mysterious exceptions, such as jimson weed Datura wrightii and desert milkweed Asclepias erosa. Perhaps their large tuberous roots provide enough water for transpiration even when the soil is dry.

    Leaf or stem color, orientation, and self-shading are still more ways to adapt to intense light and heat. Desert foliage comes in many shades, but rarely in typical leaf-green. More often leaves are gray-green, blue-green, gray, or even white.

    The light color is usually due to a dense covering of trichomes hairlike scalesbut is sometimes from a waxy secretion on the leaf or stem surface. Brittlebush and white bursage leaves show no green through their trichomes during the dry season, while desert agave Lincoln nebraska fuck buddy deserti is light gray due to its thick, waxy cuticle.

    Other plants have leaves or stems with vertical orientations; two common examples are jojoba and prickly pear cactus. This orientation in the photosynthetic surface facing the sun most directly in morning and late afternoon.

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    Some cacti create their own shade with a dense armament of spines; teddy bear cholla Opuntia bigelovii is one of the most striking examples. Many plants also have methods of asexual vegetative reproduction, which produces offspring that are genetically identical to the parent: root-sprouting limberbush, palo verde, aspenstolons and rhizomes agaves, strawberries, many grassesand aerial plantlets some agaves, mother-of-millions, kalanchoe.

    All of the progeny of asexual reproduction are clones of their parent plants. A clone is a group of organisms that are genetically identical; in the case Middlesbrough african escort flowering plants each clone originates from a single seed.

    Horticulturists have developed additional methods of plant cloning that are valuable in perpetuating superior varieties of plants: cutting, grafting, and tissue culture.

    In contrast, sexual reproduction combines half the genes from each of two parents, so sexually produced offspring are different from either of their parents and from one another. This variation is the raw material of natural selection which in turn in evolution.

    A species that cannot reproduce sexually—there are quite a few among both plants and animals—is at greater risk of extinction if its environment changes, because it cannot adapt to new conditions.

    Pollination is the transfer of pollen from an anther onto the stigma of a flower. The pollen then grows a tube that penetrates the style down to the ovary; sperm cells swim down the tube and fertilize the ova.

    Fertilized ova develop into seeds, which are the sexual propagules of flowering plants. Outcrossing pollination by pollen from another plant is evolutionarily advantageous because the offspring are more variable than those from self- pollination.

    But self- pollination is still sexual reproduction which in different combinations of genes and therefore allows evolutionary change, as vegetative cloning does not. Plants have many adaptations that increase the likelihood of outcrossing.

    From this need widespread and complex kinds of mutualism mutually beneficial interactions have evolved between plants and animals. The pollen-transporting agent is frequently an insect or other flying animal. Flying animals are more mobile than grounded species, and thus more likely to visit widely-separated plants.

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    Two kinds of food are the usual reward. Nectar is a sugar solution that provides energy for flight. Flying requires much more energy than terrestrial locomotion. Pollen, besides being the male gene-bearer of a flower, is also rich in proteins essential for maintaining animal tissues and for raising young.

    In place of nectar some flowers offer oil fatanother energy food. Others provide fragrances that the pollinator Palo verde arizona fuck buddy wanted to use for its own reproductive advertisement, and a few fascinating species employ deceit and provide no reward see the species on pipevine for an example.

    The sugar in nectar and the protein in pollen are expensive to produce, so there is selective pressure to use these resources efficiently. It is important that animals other than the pollinators do not eat steal the nectar and pollen, and that the pollinators transport pollen to other flowers of the same species and deposit it in the right place.

    Natural selection has produced specialization: most plants with animal-pollinated flowers attract only a few species of animals which have the right size and behavior to reach the reward and pick up pollen.

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    The more than million years of coevolution between flowering plants and their pollinators Date with naomi walkthrough greatly contributed to the huge of species in both kingdomsflowering plants, hummingbirds, and 15, known bees in the world.

    It also explains why there are so many different shapes and colors of flowers.

    Flowers can be classified into several pollination syndromes according to their pollinators. A Somali sexy free is a set of characteristics associated with a specific phenomenon.

    This is not the same classification as systematic taxonomy and does not reflect the evolutionary relationships among plants.

    Species in the same family or even the same genus may attract different pollinators. The hummingbird pollination syndrome is one of the most easily recognized.

    Hummingbirds are large compared to most insects, almost unique in their ability to feed while hovering, and daytime-active; they have no sense of smell, but have long narrow beaks and tongues that can probe deep narrow tubes, and excellent color vision.

    Hummingbird flowers tend to be long-tubular, non-fragrant, sideways- or downward-facing, day-blooming, and brightly colored.

    Bees and most other animals cannot easily land on a hanging flower, and even if they succeed they cannot reach the nectar at the base of the narrow tube.

    There are common misconceptions that all hummingbird flowers are red Palo verde arizona fuck buddy wanted that hummingbirds can see only the warm colors of the spectrum.

    It is true that most hummingbird flowers in the temperate biomes are red, but in the tropics they come in many colors.

    The predominance of red in temperate hummingbird flowers may be a disincentive to bees.

    Bees are aggressive pollen collectors in temperate climates. But they cannot see red, so red flowers do not appear conspicuous to them. Wind-pollinated plants make no investment in attracting animals; their flowers lack fragrance or showy parts.

    Many people would not recognize them as flowers at all.

    Prodigious quantities of pollen are released, an infinitesimal proportion of which lands on a receptive stigma of the same species. While this seems inefficient, it is obviously effective, judging from the successful groups of plants with this syndrome.

    Conifers, most riparian trees such as willows and sycamoresoaks, and grasses are all wind-pollinated.

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    Dimmitt You could easily recognize a desert even if you were blind- folded. You would discover that you could walk fairly long distances without bumping into plants, and when you did the encounter would likely be painful.

    Even standing still you would have unmistakable clues about your location. On really hot, dry days you could smell pungent, aromatic terpenes and oils exuded by the parched vegetation.

    Before exploring these special characteristics, it is important that you understand something about plant structures, functions, and classification.

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    Basic Plant Anatomy and Classification Many people mistakenly identify ocotillos, agaves, African euphorbias, and numerous other plants as cacti because of their succulent or spiny stems, when in fact these plants are not related to each other or to cacti. Frequently plants and animals are similar to each other in outward appearance because their ancestors have adapted to the same environmental challenges by evolving similar forms or structures.

    This similarity in response to environment, despite lack of common recent ancestors, is known as convergent evolution.

    The very similar outward appearance of Busty indian escort brampton New World cacti and Old World succulent euphorbias is an excellent example.

    Unlike overall form or vegetative structures, the sexual parts of plants flowers and fruits are reliable indicators of interrelationships and means of identification.

    Flowers must function successfully if a plant is to reproduce.

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    Therefore the floral structures tend to remain more consistent within a species than do vegetative parts. Floral structures also form complex patterns that are more readily traceable as plants evolve. The parts of flowers and fruits are also Independent erotic massage joplin to identify and describe than the vegetative organs leaves, stems, and roots.

    Moreover, qualitative vegetative characters are hard to describe precisely even when the overall appearance gestalt is distinctive.

    For example, nearly every hiker knows poison ivy on sight.

    But try to describe the foliage so precisely that someone who has never seen the plant can distinguish it from skunk bush Rhus trilobata.

    For example, the terms pubescent, puberulent, lanate, villous, hirsute, hirsutulous, ciliate, tomentose, strigose, pilose, and hispid are just some of those used to describe different kinds and degrees of hairiness.

    Vegetative parts are also more plastic; that is, they vary greatly—even in the same individual—under environmental influences.

    The leaves of brittlebush grow much larger and greener in shade or during rainy periods than in sun or in drier conditions. See photo on ; see also species .

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    The complex parts of flowers and fruits are arranged in distinctive patterns that can be characterized exactly. Escort danmark wexford, stamens, and other structures can be counted and their lengths and widths measured and these are usually less variable than the dimensions of leaves.

    The point of attachment of the stamens to the petals or other parts can be described unambiguously. For example, a flower that has many more than ten petals and sepals that intergrade into one another, many stamens usually hundredsa two- to multi-lobed stigma, and an ovary enveloped in stem tissue may be unequivocally identified as belonging to a member of the cactus family.

    All species of cacti possess some variation of this basic pattern, and no other plant group does. To recognize floral patterns you must be able to identify the parts of a flower.

    The drawing on shows the anatomy of a generalized flower. If done well, twenty questions is sufficient to eliminate every other possibility in the world and leave the correct answer standing.

    Assume, for example, that the unknown thing is a dog. The enormous inventory of the universe has been narrowed to a very short list in only five questions.

    Botanists identify plants and zoologists, animals Meet horny girls in statesboro ga to them with a Twenty Questions-like procedure called a dichotomous key or simply, key. A key is a nested series of dual choices that quickly narrows the possibilities to a single species.

    For example, the first pair of choices might ask you whether the flower has three petals versus four or five.

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    Each of the two possible answers le to another pair of choices, and so on, until you have identified your quarry out ofspecies of flowering plants.

    But before you can use such a key effectively, or before you can describe your unknown to someone who will identify it for you, you must know the parts of the flower and plant you are examining.

    The sepals collectively make up the calyx. They enclose all other flower parts in the bud, usually completely concealing the rest of the flower until it opens. The petals collectively make up the corolla.

    Petals are frequently the visual advertising banner that attracts pollinators. Petals and sepals look similar in many flowers, such as in lilies and agaves. By definition the sepals are the parts on the outside; petals are typically concealed in the bud stage.

    The corolla and Gilgandra girls looking for sex make up the perianth.

    The perianth parts may be separate or fused together for part or all of their length. Often there is only one series of perianth parts. Of necessity these must be on the outside and therefore they are sepals, even if they are large and colorful. The female part of a flower Find sex buddy in gippsland the pistil, composed of stigma, style and ovary also called ovulary.

    The ovary contains ovules, which develop into seeds when fertilized by the sperm in pollen. Seeds are plant embryos encased in a protective membrane, usually along with stored energy to fuel germination. If the ovary is visible beneath the calyx, it is said to be inferior.

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    It is superior if you must look inside the flower to see it that is to say, it is above the calyx. The male part of a flower is the stamen, composed of the anther and the filament. Anthers produce pollen grains, which contain sperm cells. Photosynthesis Chlorophyll is one of the most consequential chemicals in the biosphere.

    Nearly all life on the planet depends on it. Living organisms seem to defy the law of entropy, the universal tendency toward increasing disorder in a closed system.

    By using energy acquired from outside they prevent themselves—temporarily—from dying and disintegrating into simple, dissociated molecules becoming disordered. A small of species derive their energy from metabolizing sulfur compounds. All others, including all the organisms that we encounter in everyday life, depend on solar energy light to maintain their orderly existence.

    Outside of science fiction there is no such Talk to horney girls online in chandrapur as a photon battery.

    Enter photosynthesis. Green plants use light energy to combine low-energy molecules carbon dioxide and water into high-energy molecules carbohydrateswhich they accumulate and store as energy reserves. Chlorophyll the green pigment in plants is the only known substance in the universe that can capture volatile light energy and convert it into a stable form usable for biological processes chemical energy.

    Almost without exception living organisms—plants, animals, and even fungi and bacteria—obtain energy for sustaining life from carbohydrates sugars and starches by the meta- bolic process of aerobic respiration.

    The mechanical act of breathing, however, is only the first step in the physiological process of respiration.

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    Respiration is the chemical pathway through which carbohydrate is broken down oxidized into carbon dioxide and water, releasing the energy stored in the carbohydrate molecules. The multiple arrows indicate many sequential chemical reactions.

    Green plants manufacture carbohydrates by photosynthesis. Animals acquire their carbohydrates by eating plants or other animals.

    Water is absorbed through the roots, and CO2 diffuses into the leaves through the stomates valved pores in leaf and stem surfaces.

    The plant s several carbon dioxide molecules and adds hydrogen atoms split from water molecules to form molecules of sugar simple carbohydrate. Surplus oxygen atoms from the water molecules are released through the stomates as oxygen gas O2. When a plant needs energy to Sex store in the maidenhead new leaves or flowers, it does exactly what animals do—it respires carbohydrate to release the stored energy.

    The complex respiratory pathway of scores of individual chemical reactions is nearly identical in all life forms: bacteria, mushrooms, saguaros, coyotes, and even in the highest life forms such as to.

    In contrast to plants, animals use Hartford chat line free numbers as their main energy store; it has twice the of calories per gram as do carbohydrate and protein. When animals in need of energy run low on the small amount of carbohydrate stored in the liver or circulating in the blood, they convert fat or protein, if they run out of fat into carbohydrate and then respire it.

    Other sugars with more carbon atoms are later synthesized from this first one. More than 90 percent of all plant species use C3 exclusively, but there are two specialized supplementary variations.

    One variant is called C4 photosynthesis because the first stable product is a 4-carbon sugar.

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    Plants with C4 metabolism actively transport carbon dioxide to localized bundles of photosynthetic tissue. This process offers improved efficiencies under hot, sunny conditions. C4 plants use carbon dioxide more efficiently by bypassing photorespiration and lose less water through transpiration water evaporated from inside plants per unit of carbohydrate made.

    The overall result is that C4 plants can grow much faster under high temperatures than most C3 plants.

    The majority of summer-growing grasses in warm climates are C4. So are many other summer-growing plants, especially weeds invasive pioneer plants that seem to spring up overnight, such as pigweed Amaranthus spp.

    Another variant of photosynthesis, cam, is discussed under the succulence section of this chapter on Adaptation enables indigenous organisms not merely to survive here, but to thrive. Furthermore, specialized adaptations often result in a requirement for the seasonal drought and heat. For example, the saguaro, well adapted to its subtropical desert habitat, cannot survive in a rain forest or in any other biome, not even a cold desert.

    In these other places it would rot, freeze, or be shaded out by faster growing plants.

    Aridity is the major—and almost the only—environmental factor that creates a desert, and it is this functional water deficit that serves as the primary limitation to which desert organisms must adapt. Desert plants survive the long rainless periods with three main adaptive strategies: succulence, drought tolerance, and drought evasion.

    Each of these is a different but effective suite of adaptations for prospering under conditions that would kill plants from other regions. Succulence As a group succulents are the most picturesque desert plants. They capture our attention because they look nothing like the familiar Lonely married seeking women want sex of the temperate zone where most people live.

    Their vernacular names suggest how they command our attention: elephant tree, boojum, jumping cholla, creeping devil, and shindagger.

    Succulent plants store water in fleshy leaves, stems or roots in compounds or cells from which it is not easily lost see photo on All cacti are succulents, as are such non-cactus desert dwellers as agaves, aloes, elephant trees, and many euphorbias.

    Several other adaptations are essential for the water-storing habit to be effective. Because roots take up water by passive diffusion, succulents can absorb water only from soil that is wetter Prostitution in douglas hemel hempstead their own moist interiors.

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    To cope with these conditions, nearly all succulents have extensive, shallow root systems. The roots of a two-foot-tall cholla in an extremely arid site may be thirty feet 9 m long.

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    The stems and leaves of most species have waxy cuticles that render them nearly waterproof when the stomates are closed.

    Water is further conserved by reduced surface areas; most succulents have few leaves agavesno leaves most cactior leaves that are deciduous in dry seasons elephant Black shemale alta lee Bursera spp.

    The water is also bound in extracellular mucilages and inulins—compounds that hold tightly onto the water. Many succulents possess a water-efficient variant of photosynthesis called CAM, an acronym for Crassulacean Acid Metabolism.

    The first word refers to the stonecrop family Crassulaceae in which the phenomenon was first discovered. Dudleya is in this family, as are hen-and-chickens and jade plant.

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    During the day the stomates are closed and the plants are nearly completely sealed against water loss; photosynthesis is conducted using the Best free sex sites middlesbrough carbon dioxide.

    At night the temperatures are lower and humidity higher than during the day, so less water is lost through transpiration.

    Plants using CAM lose about one-tenth as much water per unit of carbohydrate synthesized as do those using standard C3 photosynthesis. But there is a trade-off: the overall rate of photosynthesis is slower, so CAM plants grow more slowly than most C3 plants.

    The equilibrium between gaseous carbon dioxide and the organic acid is dependent on temperature. Acid formation carbon dioxide storage is favored at cool temperatures; higher temperatures stimulate release of carbon dioxide from the acid. Thus CAM works most efficiently in climates that have a large daily temperature range, such as arid lands.

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    Cool nights allow much carbon dioxide to be stored as acid, and the warm days cause most of the carbon dioxide to be released for photosynthesis.

    A note of interest: A plant in CAM mode will store enough acid to impart a sour taste in early morning; the flavor becomes bland by afternoon when the acid is used up.

    Many succulents possess CAM, as do semisucculents such as some yuccas, epiphytic growing on trees or rocks orchids, and xerophytic arid-adapted bromeli. Exceptions are stem succulents with deciduous, non-succulent leaves, such as elephant trees Bursera spp. Succulents from hot, humid climates that lack substantial daily temperature fluctuations also usually do not use CAM.

    Some succulents, such as Agave deserti, can switch from CAM to C3 photosynthesis when water is abundant, allowing faster growth. Over five percent of all plant species spread among thirty or more plant families are known to use CAM.

    Another crucial attribute of CAM plants is their idling metabolism during droughts. When CAM plants become water-stressed, the stomates remain closed both day and night and the fine water-permeable roots are sloughed off. However, a low level of respiration oxidation of carbohydrate into water, carbon dioxide and energy is carried out within the still-moist tissues.

    The carbon dioxide released by respiration is Palo verde arizona fuck buddy wanted into the photosynthetic pathway to make more carbohydrate, and the oxygen released by photosynthesis is recycled for respiration.

    Thus the plant never goes completely dormant but is metabolizing slowly—idling. Just as an idling engine can rev up to full speed more quickly than a cold one, an idling CAM plant can full growth in twenty-four to forty-eight hours after a rain.

    Agaves can sprout visible new roots just five hours after a rain, whereas it may take a couple of weeks for a dormant nonsucculent shrub to full metabolic activity. Therefore, succulents can take rapid and maximum advantage of the soil moisture from a summer rain before it quickly evaporates.

    The combination of shallow roots and the CAM-idling which allows rapid response enables succulents to benefit from rain even in amounts less than G inch 6 mm.

    Most succulent plants are spiny, bitter, or toxic, and often all three. Some unarmed, nontoxic species are restricted to inaccessible locations.

    Smooth prickly pear Opuntia phaeacantha var. Still others rely on camouflage; Arizona night-blooming cereus Peniocereus greggii closely resembles the dry stems of the shrubs in which it grows. These adaptations are all deterrents that are never completely effective. Evolution is a Free chat line number in ballerup process in which some animals develop new Wagga wagga online prostitute behaviors to avoid spines or new metabolic pathways to neutralize the toxins of certain species.

    In response the plants are continually improving their defenses.

    For example, packrats can handle even the spiniest chollas and rarely get stuck. They also eat prickly pear for water and manage to excrete the oxalates which could clog the kidneys of some other animals. Drought Tolerance Drought-tolerant plants often appear to be dead or dying during the dry seasons.

    A tomato plant will wilt and die within days after its soil dries out. But many nonsucculent desert plants survive months or even years with no rain.

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    During the dry season the stems of brittlebush and bursage are so dehydrated that they can be used as kindling wood, yet they are alive.

    Drought-tolerant plants often shed leaves during dry periods and enter a deep dormancy analogous to torpor a drastic lowering of metabolism in animals.

    Dropping leaves reduces the surface area of the plant and thus reduces transpiration. Some plants that usually retain their leaves through droughts have resinous or waxy coatings that retard water loss creosote bush, for example.

    The roots of desert shrubs and trees are more extensive than are those of plants of the same size in wetter climates.

    They extend laterally two to three times the diameter of the canopy. Most also exploit the soil at greater depths than the roots of succulents. The large expanses of exposed ground between plants in deserts are usually not empty. Dig a hole almost anywhere Palo verde arizona fuck buddy wanted in active sand dunes or the most barren desert pavement and you are likely to find roots.

    Rooting depth controls opportunities for growth cycles. A half-inch is the minimum for even the smaller shrubs —more for larger, deeper-rooted plants.

    It takes a couple of weeks for dormant shrubs such as brittlebush Encelia farinosa and creosote bush Larrea tridentata to produce new roots and leaves and full metabolic activity after a soaking rain.

    The tradeoff between this strategy and that of succulents is that once the deeper New oakville asian sensual massage is wetted, it stays moist much longer than the surface layer; the deeper moisture sustains growth of shrubs and trees for several weeks.

    Mesquite trees Prosopis spp. But these riparian specimens are not drought-tolerating trees—their roots are in the water table. Most large floodplain mesquites die if the water table drops below forty feet, and mesquites growing away from waterways remain short and shrubby.

    No desert plant is known to use very deep roots as a primary strategy for survival.

    Wildflower Palo verde arizona fuck buddy wanted like the one described above are rare events.

    In fact, the root systems of most trees —including mesquites—are mostly confined to the upper three feet of soil. Few rains penetrate deeper than this, and at greater depths there is little oxygen to support root respiration.

    In contrast to succulents that can take up water only from nearly saturated soil, drought tolerant plants can absorb water from much drier soil. A creosote bush can obtain water from soil that feels dust-dry to the touch. Similarly these plants can continue to photosynthesize with low leaf-moisture contents that would be fatal to most plants.

    Some plants in this adaptive group are notoriously difficult to cultivate, especially in containers. It seems paradoxical that desert ferns and creosote bushes, among the most drought- tolerant of desert plants, can be kept alive in containers only if they are never allowed to dry out.

    The reason is that these plants can survive drought only if they dry out slowly and have time to make gradual physiological adjustments. If a potted plant misses a watering, the small soil volume dries out too rapidly to allow the plant to prepare for dormancy, so it dies.

    Researchers showed that some spike mosses Selaginella spp. If they dry more rapidly they lack time to adjust, and if drying takes longer than a week they exhaust their energy reserves and starve to death. It dashes as straight as it can through miles km of dry valleys that are almost devoid of human settlements.

    The vegetation is simple, mostly widely-scattered creosote bushes. The small, rocky mountain ranges interrupting the valleys beckon to true desert lovers, but the drive is just plain bleak to most folks. The exits on this freeway average ten miles 16 km apart and connect to two-lane ro that shoot straight over the distant horizon with no visible destinations.

    You rarely see a vehicle on any of them. Frequent travelers on this freeway become accustomed Palo verde arizona fuck buddy wanted its monotony until they think they know what to expect. Then one spring travelers were astonished to discover the ground between the bushes literally carpeted with flowers.

    It happened in Marchwhen for three weeks the freeway bisected a nearly unbroken blanket of desert sunflowers forty miles long and ten miles wide. At every exit-to-nowhere several cars and trucks were pulled off and people wandered through the two-foot-deep sea of yellow.

    Those with long memories may have recalled that the same thing happened in Perhaps they wondered where these flowers came from, and where they were during the intervening twenty years.

    Annuals complete their life cycles during brief wet seasons, then die after channeling all of their life energy into Live chat with hot girls seeds.

    Seeds are dormant propagules with almost no metabolism and great resistance to environmental extremes. A propagule is any part of a plant that can separate from the parent and grow into a new plant, for example, a seed, an agave aerial plantlet, a cholla t.

    Seeds wait out adverse environmental conditions, sometimes for decades, and will germinate and grow only when specific requirements are met. Wildflower spectacles like the one described above are rare events. Mass germination and prolific growth depend on rains that are both earlier and more plentiful than normal.

    The dazzling displays featured in photographic journals and on postcards occur about once a decade in a given place. In the six decades between and there have been only four documented drop-everything-and-go-see-it displays in southern Arizona:,and During that period only Sexy wife seeking hot sex lake havasu city displays of and were widespread throughout both the Sonoran and Mohave deserts.

    Annuals in the Sonoran Desert can be divided into three groups, based on time of germination and flowering. Winter-spring species are by far the most numerous. The showy wildflowers that attract human attention will germinate only during a narrow window of opportunity in the fall or winter, after summer heat has waned and before winter cold arrives.

    In most of the Sonoran Desert this temperature window seems to occur between early October and early December for most species.

    During this window there must be a soaking rain of at least one inch 2. This combination of requirements is survival insurance: an inch of rain in the mild weather of fall will provide enough soil moisture that the resulting seedlings will probably mature and produce seeds even if almost no more rain falls in that season.

    Remember that one of the characteristics of deserts is low and undependable rainfall. If the subsequent Palo verde arizona fuck buddy wanted is sparse, the plants remain small and may produce only a single flower and a few seeds, but this is enough to ensure a future generation.

    There is still further insurance: even under the best conditions not all of the seeds in the soil will germinate; some remain dormant.

    The mechanisms that regulate this delayed germination are not well understood. The seedlings produce rosettes of leaves during the mild fall weather, grow more slowly through the winter staying warm in the daytime by remaining flat against the groundand bolt into flower in the spring.

    Since the plants are inconspicuous until they begin the spring bolt, many people Telephone sex dudley hill massachusetts think that spring rains produce desert wildflower displays.

    There is a smaller group of annual species Hot wife looking casual sex liverpool grow only in response to summer rains.

    A third group consists of a few opportunistic species which will germinate in response to rain at almost any season. Most of these lack showy flowers and are known only to botanists, but desert marigold Baileya multiradiata is a conspicuous exception; it is actually not an annual, but rather a short-lived perennial in most of its range.

    A few species of buckwheats Eriogonum germinate in fall or winter and flower the following summer. The annual habit is a very successful strategy for warm-arid climates.

    There are no annual plants in the polar regions or the wet tropics.

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    In the polar zones the growing season is too short to complete a life cycle. In both habitats the intense competition for suitable growing sites favors longevity. Annuals become common only in communities that have dry seasons, where the perennials are widely spaced because they must command a large soil area to survive the drier years.

    In the occasional wetter years, both open space and moisture are available to be exploited by plants that can do so rapidly.

    The more arid the habitat, the greater the proportion of annual species in North America. The percentage decreases in the extremely arid parts of the Saharan-Arabian region. In the driest habitats, such as the sandy flats near Yuma, Arizona, up to ninety percent of the plants are annuals.

    Winter annuals provide most of the color for our famous wildflower shows. A couple of exceptions are brittlebush when it occurs in pure stands, and exten Palo verde arizona fuck buddy wanted woodlands of foothill palo verde Cercidium microphyllum.

    The most common of the showy winter annuals that contribute to these displays in southern Arizona are Mexican gold poppy Eschscholtzia mexicanalupine Lupinus sparsiflorusand owl-clover Castilleja exserta, formerly Orthocarpus purpurascens.

    One of the contributing factors to the great of annual species is niche separation. Most species have definite preferences for particular soil textures, and perhaps soil chemistry as well. For example, in the Pinacate region of northwestern Sonora there are places where gravels of volcanic cinder are dissected by drainage channels or wind deposits of fine silt.

    In wet years Nama demissum purple mat grows abundantly on the gravel and the related Nama hispidum sand bells on the silt. I have seen the two species within inches of each other where these soil types meet, but Garner lonly woman one plant of either species could be found on the other soil.

    There are specialists in loose sand such as dune evening primrose Oenothera deltoides and sand verbena Abronia villosaand others are restricted to rocky soils, such as most caterpillar weeds Phacelia spp.

    This phenomenon of occupying different physical locations is spatial niche separation.

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    Another diversity-promoting phenomenon is temporal niche separation: the mix of species at the same location changes from year to year. Seeds of the various species have different germination requirements. The time of the season which influences temperature and quantity of the first germination-triggering rain determines which species will dominate, or even be present at all in that year.

    Of the three most common Leicester escort of southern Arizona listed above, any one may occur in a nearly pure stand on a given hillside in different years, and occasionally all three are nearly equally abundant.

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    This interpretation of the cause of these year-to-year variations is a hypothesis based on decades of empirical observation. Much more research is needed to discover the ecological requirements of most species of desert annuals. Summer and winter annuals almost never overlap. The dramatic wildflower shows are only a small part of the ecological story of desert annuals.

    Every time the desert has a wet fall or winter it will turn green with annuals, but it will not always be ablaze with other colors.

    One of the most common winter annuals is desert plantain Plantago insularis. It usually grows only a few inches tall and bears spikes of tiny greenish flowers, Best hookers chemnitz billions of plants cover many square miles in good years.

    The tiny seeds are covered with a soluble fiber which forms a sticky mucilage when wet by rain; this aids germination by retaining water around the seed and sticking it to the ground. The buckwheat family Polygonaceae is well- represented.

    The semisucculent yuccas have some Palo verde arizona fuck buddy wanted storage capacity, but rely on deep roots to obtain most of their water.

    There are more than a score of skeleton weeds Eriogonum spp. Fiddlenecks Amsinckia spp. These more modest species produce more biomass than the showy wildflowers in most years, and thus form the foundation of a great food pyramid.

    Some perennials also evade drought much as annuals do, by having underground parts that send up stems, leaves, and flowers only during wet years.

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    Desert larkspur Delphinium parryi is a perennial that has woody rootstocks but also sprouts only in wetter years.

    Desert mariposa Calochortus kennedyi and desert lily Hesperocallis undulata have bulbs that may remain dormant for several years until a deep soaking rain awakens them.

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    Our desert wildflower displays are in jeopardy from invasive exotic plants. Species such as Russian thistle Salsola tragus, also called S.

    Some are still increasing their geographic ranges with every wet winter. Disturbed sites such as sand dunes, washes naturally disturbed by wind and water, respectivelyroides, and livestock-grazed lands are particularly vulnerable to invasion by these aliens.

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    Ocotillo behaves as if it were a CAM-succulent, drought deciduous shrub, but it is neither CAM nor succulent see details in the species s. The genus Portulaca contains species that are succulent annuals. The seeds may wait for a wet spell to germinate, but the resulting plants can tolerate a moderate drought.

    The semisucculent yuccas have some water storage capacity, but rely on deep roots to obtain most of their water. Mesquite trees are often phreatophytes plants with their roots in the water tablebut some species can also grow as stunted shrubs on drier sites where ground water is beyond their reach.

    Adaptations to Other Desert Conditions Water scarcity is the most important—but not the only—environmental challenge to desert organisms.

    The aridity allows the sun to shine unfiltered through the clear atmosphere continuously from sunrise to sunset. This intense solar radiation produces very high summer temperatures which Find a prostitute hobart lethal to nonadapted plants.

    At night much of the accumulated heat radiates through the same clear atmosphere and the temperature drops dramatically. Microphylly the trait of having small leaves is primarily an adaptation to avoid overheating; it also reduces water loss.

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    Non- succulent large-leafed plants in the desert environment would overheat and be killed. Desert gardeners know that tomatoes will burn in full desert sun even if well watered; their leaves are just too big to stay cool. Desert plants that do have large leaves produce them only during the cool or rainy season or else live in shaded microhabitats.

    There are a few mysterious exceptions, such as jimson weed Datura wrightii and desert milkweed Asclepias erosa. Perhaps their large tuberous roots provide enough water for transpiration even when the soil is dry.

    Leaf or stem color, orientation, and self-shading are still more ways to adapt to intense light and heat. Desert foliage comes in many shades, but rarely in typical leaf-green. More often leaves are gray-green, blue-green, gray, or even white.

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    Other plants have leaves or stems with vertical orientations; two common examples are jojoba and prickly pear cactus. This orientation in the photosynthetic surface facing the sun most directly in morning and late afternoon.

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    Some cacti create their own shade with a dense armament of spines; teddy bear cholla Opuntia bigelovii is one of the most striking examples. Many plants also have methods of asexual vegetative reproduction, which produces offspring that are genetically identical to the parent: root-sprouting limberbush, palo verde, aspenstolons and rhizomes agaves, strawberries, many grassesand aerial plantlets some agaves, mother-of-millions, kalanchoe.

    All of the progeny of asexual reproduction are clones of their parent plants. A clone is a group of organisms that are genetically identical; in the case Middlesbrough african escort flowering plants each clone originates from a single seed.

    Horticulturists have developed additional methods of plant cloning that are valuable in perpetuating superior varieties of plants: cutting, grafting, and tissue culture.

    In contrast, sexual reproduction combines half the genes from each of two parents, so sexually produced offspring are different from either of their parents and from one another. This variation is the raw material of natural selection which in turn in evolution.

    A species that cannot reproduce sexually—there are quite a few among both plants and animals—is at greater risk of extinction if its environment changes, because it cannot adapt to new conditions.

    Pollination is the transfer of pollen from an anther onto the stigma of a flower. The pollen then grows a tube that penetrates the style down to the ovary; sperm cells swim down the tube and fertilize the ova.

    Fertilized ova develop into seeds, which are the sexual propagules of flowering plants. Outcrossing pollination by pollen from another plant is evolutionarily advantageous because the offspring are more variable than those from self- pollination.

    But self- pollination is still sexual reproduction which in different combinations of genes and therefore allows evolutionary change, as vegetative cloning does not. Plants have many adaptations that increase the likelihood of outcrossing.

    From this need widespread and complex kinds of mutualism mutually beneficial interactions have evolved between plants and animals. The pollen-transporting agent is frequently an insect or other flying animal. Flying animals are more mobile than grounded species, and thus more likely to visit widely-separated plants.

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    The sugar in nectar and the protein in pollen are expensive to produce, so there is selective pressure to use these resources efficiently. It is important that animals other than the pollinators do not eat steal the nectar and pollen, and that the pollinators transport pollen to other flowers of the same species and deposit it in the right place.

    Natural selection has produced specialization: most plants with animal-pollinated flowers attract only a few species of animals which have the right size and behavior to reach the reward and pick up pollen.

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    It also explains why there are so many different shapes and colors of flowers.

    Flowers can be classified into several pollination syndromes according to their pollinators. A Somali sexy free is a set of characteristics associated with a specific phenomenon.

    This is not the same classification as systematic taxonomy and does not reflect the evolutionary relationships among plants.

    Species in the same family or even the same genus may attract different pollinators. The hummingbird pollination syndrome is one of the most easily recognized.

    Hummingbirds are large compared to most insects, almost unique in their ability to feed while hovering, and daytime-active; they have no sense of smell, but have long narrow beaks and tongues that can probe deep narrow tubes, and excellent color vision.

    Hummingbird flowers tend to be long-tubular, non-fragrant, sideways- or downward-facing, day-blooming, and brightly colored.

    Bees and most other animals cannot easily land on a hanging flower, and even if they succeed they cannot reach the nectar at the base of the narrow tube.

    There are common misconceptions that all hummingbird flowers are red Palo verde arizona fuck buddy wanted that hummingbirds can see only the warm colors of the spectrum.

    It is true that most hummingbird flowers in the temperate biomes are red, but in the tropics they come in many colors.

    The predominance of red in temperate hummingbird flowers may be a disincentive to bees.

    Bees are aggressive pollen collectors in temperate climates. But they cannot see red, so red flowers do not appear conspicuous to them. Wind-pollinated plants make no investment in attracting animals; their flowers lack fragrance or showy parts.

    Many people would not recognize them as flowers at all.

    Prodigious quantities of pollen are released, an infinitesimal proportion of which lands on a receptive stigma of the same species. While this seems inefficient, it is obviously effective, judging from the successful groups of plants with this syndrome.

    Conifers, most riparian trees such as willows and sycamoresoaks, and grasses are all wind-pollinated.

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    Grasses occur in most biomes and comprise the sixth largest family of plants with about species worldwide. Wind pollination is not always entirely passive see the species for jojoba.

    Seed Dispersal Seeds generally need to be transported some distance from the parent plant in order to find a suitable site for establishment.

    Some plants have wind-dispersed seeds, which are occasionally blown many miles from their origins. This means of dispersal is common among pioneer plants plants that are adapted to colonizing disturbed habitats.

    Because of their superior ability to invade newly-disturbed ground, pioneer plants comprise many of our agricultural and garden weeds.

    Moreover, most annual crops are domesticated pioneer plants. Many plants use animals to disperse their seeds in another complex coevolutionary process. Small, brightly-colored fruits such as hackberry and boxthorn are offered as food for birds that swallow them Online chat strangers koblenz. Other fruits such as those of hedgehog cacti are large and birds feed on them repeatedly.

    Mammal-dispersed fruits tend to be larger, aromatic, not colorful most non-primate mammals have poor color visionand usually have larger seeds than bird fruits.

    The animal often transports the fruits a short distance compared to the flying distances of many birds to a safer place before eating the pulp and dropping at least some of the seeds. The seeds of coyote gourds Cucurbita spp.

    Coyotes swallow the whole fruits of palm trees; they digest the thin pulp and excrete the hard seeds intact.

    Since seeds contain energy stores to nourish the germinating embryo, seeds themselves are also nutritious food for mammals and birds.

    Some plants offer their seeds without juicy pulp to attract mammals. Pocket mice and antelope squirrels gather the abundant seeds of foothill palo verdes and bury them as food caches for the dry season. Birds that specialize in eating seeds, as opposed Escort in windsor ontario fruits containing seeds, crush and digest the seeds and therefore do not disperse viable propagules.

    Even in the desert some seeds are water-dispersed. Blue palo verde Cercidium floridum grows mostly along washes.

    Flash floods disperse the very hard, waterproof seeds downstream, scarifying abrading the surface of them in the process.

    In the absence of scarification these seeds must weather in the ground for a few years before the seed coats become permeable and permit germination. The timing of seed maturation is crucial for many plants. The less time seeds are present before they sprout, the greater is their chance of survival.

    The tropically derived plants in our region germinate with the summer rains.

    These species usually flower in spring and their fruits ripen shortly before the arrival of the summer rainy season. Palo verde and saguaro are examples. Other plants produce large quantities of seeds and rely on camouflage or burial in the soil to conceal some of them from hungry animals.

    Brittlebush, for example, flowers and seeds in spring, but the seeds germinate with fall rains. Annuals do the same. The Spring Flowering Season The spring flowering Sensual full body massage rockhampton in the Arizona Upland subdivision spans from mid February to mid June with a peak from mid March to late April depending on rainfall and temperatures during the growing season.

    In the warmest areas of the Lower Colorado River Valley subdivision it is normally a Palo verde arizona fuck buddy wanted of weeks earlier, though it sometimes starts as early as November.

    The different life forms which dominate at different times vary in their showyness and reliability. The early-blooming winter annuals can create an incredible display, but do so only rarely.

    Later-blooming species bloom more dependably, but mostly not in great masses of color. The progression of spring bloom described below is for average years near Tucson. It may be three weeks earlier or later depending on weather, elevation, and latitude.

    This event may occur between late February and mid April, usually in mid March. Annuals are highly dependent on rainfall. Massive and widespread displays occur only about once a decade, when the winter rainy season is both earlier and wetter than normal. Good shows happen in localized areas every three or four years.

    A good bloom cannot be reliably predicted more than a week or two before it begins, and usually lasts at peak beauty for only two weeks. Seeing such a bloom requires being able to travel on short notice, and perhaps great distances. The high Mohave Desert may peak two or three weeks later than the lower-elevation and more southerly Sonoran Desert.

    A good bloom may occur in a remote area and remain undiscovered. They are somewhat more Violet massage therapy melbourne than the annuals, making a good show in about half of the years and peaking some time in March.

    These species usually grow as individuals or in small patches and do not create masses of color. CACTI, because they store water, are fairly independent of rain. They bloom well nearly every year though wetter years produce more flowers.

    The greatest diversity of spring-blooming species can be seen in April. The cactus show continues as the abundant prickly pears bloom in early May, followed by saguaros from mid May to mid June. Creosote bush Larrea tridentata and whitethorn acacia Acacia constricta, shown here both bloom mainly in spring and sometimes again in summer.

    Blue palo verde Cercidium floridum turns bright yellow in late April, followed La xpress escorts weeks later by the much more abundant but paler yellow foothills palo verde C.

    Desert ironwood trees Olneya tesota bloom heavily about every other year with masses of lavender flowers, usually Palo verde arizona fuck buddy wanted late May. The abundant ocotillo reliably produces spikes of red flowers throughout April.

    These species bloom about two weeks earlier in western Arizona.

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    If you want dependability and will settle for less quantity, success is almost guaranteed in the middle half of April. The Summer Flowering Season This season begins a few weeks after the first summer rain and continues into late fall.

    Though there are many beautiful species to be seen, there are rarely massive displays of color in this season, because the summer rains are more sporadic and localized than the winter rains and the soil dries rapidly in the heat.

    Chinchweed Pectis papposa is the most widely-adapted summer annual; it ranges from New Mexico into the central Mohave Palo verde arizona fuck buddy wanted where it is the only summer annual summer rains are uncommon in the Mohave.

    It can form showy carpets of yellow when rains are abundant. Fairy duster will also bloom again in wet summers, but not as profusely as in spring. Sacred datura Datura wrightii is mainly a summer perennial though it may begin flowering as early as April in warmer areas.

    There are several woody shrubs that bloom in late fall. Most are composites such as turpentine bush Isocoma tenuisecta and desert broom Baccharis sarothroides. Desert senna Senna covesii and Coulter hibiscus Hibiscus coulteri flower in response to any warm rain and peak in summer when most such rain occurs.

    Desert zinnia Zinnia pumila is truly biseasonal, flowering well in both rainy seasons. CACTI include several summer-flowering species. The pincushion cactus Mammillaria grahamii makes buds during its growing season, then goes dormant during the dry season.

    The buds burst into bloom five days after each of the first two or three summer rains. The fishhook barrel cactus, Ferocactus wislizeni, is much larger than the pincushion and less dependent on rain; it flowers throughout August and September.

    Whitethorn acacia Acacia constricta and velvet mesquite Prosopis velutina flower heavily in spring and often again in summer. Desert willow Chilopsis linearis flowers from spring through fall if it has enough water.

    The only exceptions are after a hard winter freeze or during severe droughts. Predicting Wildflower Blooms Desert annual wildflower blooms are nearly impossible to predict for two reasons.

    First, the necessary conditions are not precisely known. Second, many interacting variables affect the phenomenon. Here is what we do know: Spring-blooming annuals must germinate in the autumn.

    The controlling environmental factor is temperature. Rains at other times will seldom trigger germination of the showy-flowered species. The triggering rain must be followed by regular rains totaling at least an inch per month through March, a season total of at least five inches—seven or more are better.

    In short, a really good wildflower bloom requires both an unusually early and an unusually wet winter rainy season.

    The rains must also be well spaced. Spectacular, widespread shows occur about once in ten years in the Sonoran and Mohave deserts. Good or better displays occur in localized areas perhaps every three or four years; these may be in remote regions and go unnoticed.

    However, even when all the above conditions are met, the bloom may be mediocre or poor. And occasionally a good bloom occurs when the above conditions appear not to have been met.

    The latter can happen when an unusually warm rain triggers germination in winter, but the short growing season usually precludes a really good show.

    Factors which are suspected of preventing a show include: a few weeks of warm, windy weather; the water stress triggers premature flowering; a cold winter New scunthorpe escorts back page retards growth of the seedlings; high population levels of herbivores: rodents, rabbits, quail, or insects; and a wet preceding summer, resulting in thick growth of summer vegetation, which in turn prevents germination of winter annuals.

    When it does happen, the peak typically lasts only two weeks at a given location, sometime between late February and mid April. Most often it happens in early to mid March. Furthermore, only certain areas ever have mass displays; soil type and vegetation cover are important factors.

    The above information pertains only to annual wildflowers such as poppies, lupines, and owl-clover.

    Perennials are less fussy about Palo verde arizona fuck buddy wanted timing of rainfall. Thus a late but wet rainy season can still produce good blooms of penstemon, larkspur, brittlebush, and other perennials. Some plants such as palo verdes, ocotillo, and most cacti flower nearly every year regardless of rainfall.

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    Creosote bushes were almost the only plants present; they were widely-spaced and had shed most of their leaves.

    These are all resident species; not transitory migrants.

    What were they living on? A persistent, large soil seed bank is an extremely important resource in arid habitats. It provides an unseen by humans food source for desert animals as well as survival insurance for plant species.

    The greater density of seed-eating animals and the abundance of decomposing microbes in the moist soils of wetter regions greatly shortens the viability of seeds.

    In deserts viable—and nutritious—seeds persist in large s through decades of drought. Shawnee brothels online website a wet year there may beseeds per square meter square yard of soil.

    Even after several dry Wanted older woman for mommy son roleplay with little or no additional seed production there are still several thousand seeds per square meter, enough to sustain low populations of seed-eaters such as harvester ants, kangaroo rats, and sparrows.

    The whiptail was foraging for insects that fed on the seeds or plant detritus partially decomposed organic matter in the soil. A full life in a small place and other essays from a desert garden. Tucson, University of Arizona Press, Buchmann, Steven L. The Forgotten Pollinators.

    Washington, D. Dykinga, Jack W. The Sonoran Desert. NY: Harry N. Abrams, Hanson, Roseann Beggy and Jonathan Hanson. Southern Arizona Nature Almanac. Boulder: Pruett Publishing Co, Hartmann, William K.

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