This cactus is an example of a xerophyte.
- Reducing leaf surfaces to minimize moisture loss,
- Adding thick plant parts to store large amounts of water.
- Waxy skin prevents water loss.
The definition of a xerophyte is a plant that alters its physical structure to grow in very dry conditions.
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An example of a xerophyte is a cactus which has eliminated leaves in favor of small spines.
Origin of xerophytexero- + -phyte
xero- + -phyte