How succulents adapt to drought by tenaciously retaining water


How succulents adapt to drought by tenaciously retaining water

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Succulents adopt numerous strategies in order to survive in hostile and drought environments. One of these consists in retaining water in their tissues thanks to the particular structure of the plasma, rich in mucilaginous substances linked to particular protein substances that retain water with extreme tenacity. They are real chemical bonds much more powerful than a simple phenomenon of osmosis.

With all the precautions that the succulent plant takes to survive the extreme conditions in which it can be found, it has been shown that a large cactus after 6 years of drought had lost only 35% of its water reserves!

Tricks that succulents implement to survive in arid environments:


  • reduction of perspiration;
  • water storage;
  • absorption of as much water as possible;
  • holding as much water as possible.

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