Neil Fletcher "DK Pocket Nature – Wild Flowers"
Published by Dorling Kindersley | Publication date : June 2004 | ISBN : 0751338737 | PDF | 297 pages | English | 29.3 MB
Flowering plants have evolved in different ways to cope with a wide variety of local conditions, adopting different lifestyles and developing different physical characteristics in order to compete for resources. Some plants, for example, are annuals, others perennials or biennials; most get their energy from photosynthesis, but some parasitize other plants or adopt a carnivorous lifestyle; some use tendrils to climb up towards the light, others develop tall stems to rise above surrounding vegetation. Each plant part has a specific function.
For the vast majority, the leaves are the food factories that enable the plant to store energy; the roots provide anchorage and absorb water and essential minerals; and the flowers are the plant’s reproductive parts. Using the correct terms will add precision to your descriptions and help identification.