Ninja Plants: Survival and Adaptation in the Plant World (Nonfiction — Young Adult) by Blevins Wiley

Ninja Plants: Survival and Adaptation in the Plant World (Nonfiction — Young Adult) by Blevins Wiley

Author:Blevins, Wiley [Blevins, Wiley]
Language: eng
Format: epub
ISBN: 9781512439168
Publisher: Twenty First Century Books
Published: 2017-02-28T16:00:00+00:00

To get the pollen they need for fertilization, some female papaya flowers (left ) mimic male papaya flowers (right ). The goal is to trick pollinators into thinking they’ll find pollen on the female flower.


Going to Extremes

Ninjas were famous for going to extreme lengths to defeat their enemies.

They used extreme measures in the activities of spying, assassination, and guerilla warfare. They lived their lives outside the norm. Many plants also live outside the norm, in extreme environmental conditions. These plants have evolved to survive in extra-cold, hot, and dry climates. Some have evolved to grow in peculiar kinds of soil. Often extreme and unusual surroundings affect how the plants look and behave.


Arctic willows (Salix arctica ) grow in the bitterly cold and windy Arctic regions of the planet. Instead of growing vertically, these plants grow horizontally. They almost look as if they have been trampled. Horizontal growth serves a critical purpose in protecting the tiny shrubs from ferocious Arctic winds. Many mountain plants grow horizontally for the same reason. By growing low to the ground, they aren’t likely to be blown over or blown away by the powerful winds common at high elevations.


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