Adaptation of a plant: Thorns

To ensure survival and reproduction, plants adapt to their environment. The plant in the photo has a unique adaptation not found in every plant species. Since the plant has attractive flowers that may invite predators, the branches and stems are equipped with sharp, pointy thorns. If an animal tries to dig up the roots, eat the plant, or even invade it, the sharp thorns act as a protector. One wrong touch of the plant may result in serious injury. The thorns are an adaptive measure of the plant that give it a better chance to survive. Adaptations such as this still allow pollinators to pollinate the plant, but it prevents predators from harming it. If this plant were to be relocated, it would have to adapt to it’s new environment and the surroundings.

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