CAM Plant

CAM plants, also known as Crassulacean acid metabolizing plants, use special pathways for carbon fixation as an adaptation to arid conditions. The stomata in the leaves remain shut during the day, to prevent water loss, and open at night in order to obtain the carbon dioxide. This carbon is then stored as the acid malate and then used during photosynthesis. Examples of these plants include cacti, as pictured above, and pineapple.


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