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Peter J. Russell + 2 others
ISBN: 9781305389892
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Discuss Concepts Many popular houseplants are native to tropical rainforests. Among other characteristics, many nonwoody species have extraordinarily broad-bladed leaves, some so ample that indigenous people use them as umbrellas. What environmental conditions might make a broad leaf adaptive in tropical regions, and why?

Summary Introduction

To review:

The environmental conditions that make broad leaves adaptive to tropical regions and the reason behind this phenomenon.

Introduction:

The areas of the world from the Tropic of Cancer in the Northern Hemisphere to the Tropic of Capricorn in the Southern hemisphere, near the equator, are collectively known as tropical regions. Tropical rainforests have a typical tropical climate, which is hot and humid. This climate is perfect for the growth of plants and animals. Therefore, these regions are very rich in biodiversity.

Explanation

As the plants in tropical rainforests receive rainfall throughout the year, they have devised certain mechanisms to shed off and loose water. Transpiration is the mechanism responsible for the evaporation of extra water from the surface of the leaves...

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