In order for a plant to survive in it’s environment, it must adapt to its surroundings. Aside from performing photosynthesis, plants ensure survival through other things. The plant in the picture has leaves that come out from the center and that have spikes along the edges of them. It protects them from other organisms and is used as a defense mechanism. All plants do unique things to survive and reproduce, and the defense spikes on the modified leaves of this plant ensure it is safe and out of harm way. The way the leaves open up also allow them to receive greater amounts of sunlight to take in for photosynthesis.