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Prickly pear desert cactus flower in the Mojave desert
Observations The prickly pear cactus is a flowering plant. The flower is bright yellow. Notice there are no leaves on the cactus.
Explanations The prickly pear cactus is a desirable meal for many desert organisms because of its water storing capability. Cacti have no leaves which reduces water loss. However, it has many spines and thorns for shade and to keep predators from eating it.
California Standards Know organisms depend on their environments
Diverse life forms
Organism survival responses
National Standards Organisms and their environments
Regulation and behavior
Populations and ecosystems
Diversity and adaptations of organisms
Related NSF Exemplary Curriculum Environments
Living things
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Diversity and adaptations in the Mojave desert

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Katie Hale
Student, Biological Sciences, California State University, Fullerton


Biological Sciences, Nancy Pelaez, CSUF
Jan 13 2007



This material is based upon work that was supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0127164 to California State University Fullerton. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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