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Fuzzy stems. Why?

Monique Reed monique at mail.bio.tamu.edu
Mon Nov 20 14:19:26 EST 2000


I Do Not Exist wrote:
 
> Question #1 Why are the stems on some plants fuzzy (gow little hairs) and
> others do not? Do these little hairs help the plant to collect more water?

Hairs on a stem or leaves can a)provide insulation b)make the air
layer around the plant more turbulent and slower-moving so water loss
is less, or c)repel, impale, entangle, or otherwise discourage
herbivores.
> 
> Question #2 Why do roots grow crooked?
Because they have to go around soil particles.
> 
> Question #3 Why do some plants grow bulbs? Is this to protect what is
> growing inside of the bulb?

Yes, but the primary function of most bulbs is food storage.

M. Reed
> 
> Thanks.
> heacock at home.com






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