Which of the following leaf modifications occur (s) in the desert areas to inhibit water loss?
- Hard and waxy leaves
- Tiny leaves
- Thorns instead of leaves
Select the correct answer using the code given below:
[UPSC Civil Services Exam – 2018 Prelims]
(a) 2 and 3 only
(b) 2 only
(c) 3 only
(d) 1, 2 and 3
- All of the options provided are correct as the climate in the desert regions is of the xerophytic type, which means that the vegetation that thrives in this area is highly adaptable to survive in an environment with scarce water resources.
- The features of desert vegetation include
- long roots,
- hard and waxy leaves,
- thick barks,
- thorns in place of leaves, and
- tiny leaves.
- Examples of such vegetation include cactus, pineapple, thorns, and more.