The diversity in size, shape, and growth requirements of different plants produces an astonishing array of features to see — from hairs, thorns, and waxes to tilting responses towards sunlight (phototaxis) and rapid responses to touch (sensitive plants). Widely differing growth forms also occur, including life styles associated with photosynthesis, parasitism, and carnivory, as well as the mining and galling effects of insects. This chapter describes a few of the many intriguing features of plants, including descriptions of the above characteristics as well as lenticels, plant patches, variegated leaves, and poison plants.
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