Leaves adapt to environment
LEAVES come in many shapes and textures, and all have developed to suit the particular environment in which they live.
Conifer leaves are typically needle shaped, so when it snows it will fall off them easily.
A frond is typically the type of leaf that ferns grow, the leaf looks like a single stem connecting to leaves on either side, but it is actually one. To reproduce, ferns develop spores, so having a divided leaf gives them flexibility to withstand being knocked off, and in the little gaps, moisture collects giving it extra water.
Sunlight is important to a plant’s growth, so one that has large leaves is typically shade loving and has developed to catch as much of the sun as possible.
On the other side, Cacti have a modified leaf called a spine, which are so hard that they don’t lose any water to evaporation.
Then there are the leaves we see every day, from gardenias to oranges, they have developed to grow in a middle-of-the-range sunny climate. Nature does some wonderful things.
LIGHT SHINES THROUGH: Fig leaf.