SUCCULENT
PLANTS




SUCCULENT PLANTS

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HABITAT

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SUCCULENT
PLANTS




Succulent plants, also known as succulents
or fat plants, are water-retaining plants
adapted to arid climates or soil conditions.

Succulent plants store water in their leaves,
stems, and also in roots. Geophytes that
survive unfavourable periods by dying back to
underground storage organs such as tuberous
roots, corms, bulbs, and rhizomes, may be
regarded as succulents.




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The storage of water often gives succulent
plants a more swollen or fleshy appearance
than other plants, a characteristic known
as succulence.

In addition to succulence, succulent plants
variously have other water-saving features.



These may include:


Crassulacean acid metabolism (CAM) to
minimize water loss

absent, reduced, or cylindrical-to-spherical
leaves

reduction in the number of stomata

stems as the main site of photosynthesis,
rather than leaves

compact, reduced, cushion-like, columnar,
or spherical growth form

ribs enabling rapid increases in plant
volume and decreasing surface area
exposed to the sun

waxy, hairy, or spiny outer surface to
create a humid micro-habitat around the
plant, which reduces air movement near
the surface of the plant, and thereby
reduces water loss and creates shade

roots very near the surface of the soil,
so they are able to take up moisture
from very small showers or even from
heavy dew

ability to remain plump and full of water
even with high internal temperatures
(e.g. 52 C / 126 F)

very impervious outer cuticle (skin)

mucilaginous substances, which retain
water abundantly




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HABITAT




Many succulents come from the dry areas of
the tropics and subtropics, such as steppes,
semi-desert, and desert. High temperatures
and low precipitation force plants to collect
and store water to survive long dry periods.

Succulents also occur as epiphytes, "air plants",
as such they have limited or no contact with the
ground, and are dependent on their ability to
store water. Succulents also occur as inhabitants
of sea coasts and dry lakes, which are exposed to
high levels of dissolved minerals that are deadly
to many other plant species.



Succulent plant
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Succulent_plant


Cactus and Succulent Society of America
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cactus_and_Succulent_Society_of_America



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SUCCULENT
PLANT
LINKS




Cactus and Succulent
http://www.cactusedintorni.com/en

Cactus and Succulent Care
http://www.cactuslands.com/plants.htm

Cactus and Succulent Care for Beginners
http://www.csssj.org/

Cactus and Succulent Field Number Database
http://ralph.cs.cf.ac.uk/Cacti/fieldno.html

Cacti &; Succulent Picture Gallery
http://www.floridanaturepictures.com/cacti/cacti.html

Care Tips for Growing Succulents Indoors
http://www.guide-to-houseplants.com/echeveria.html

Drought Smart Plants
http://www.drought-smart-plants.com

How-To: Care For Succulents
http://www.casasugar.com/How--Care-Succulents-3340476

How to Care for Succulents
http://www.yankeemagazine.com/blogs/gardenblog/succulents-tips

How to Care for Succulents Indoors
http://www.ehow.com/how_8281279_care-succulents-indoors.html

How to Care for Succulent Plants
http://www.ehow.com/how_5175601_care-succulent-plants.html

Succulents
http://www.succulents.us/succare.html

Succulent Care
http://www.succulentpots.com/succulent-care.html

Succulent City.org
http://www.succulentcity.org/succulent_list.htm

The Succulent Garden nursery
http://www.thesucculentgarden.com.au/care.html

Succulent plant growing, care and photos
http://www.thegardenpages.com/page2.html

World Of Succulents
http://worldofsucculents.com/



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