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Aquatic Plants Adapt to Survive
To be an aquatic plant, cannot be easy. All plants need carbon, light and nutrients to survive, grow, and flourish. Terrestrial plants can easily gather all of these items and reproduction is aided by wind and insects. However, aquatic plants are true survivors and have an amazing in their ability to survive.

Aquatic plants have adjusted to the need to gather carbon by having floating leaves such as cabbage plants and pond lilies; or having lacy leaves that move vibrantly for maximum exposure such as northern milfoil. Nutrients can be acquired through root systems, but can also absorb nutrients through their skin, such as watermeal which doesn’t have a root. Other plants such as bladderwort and the pitcher plant are carnivorous, gathering nutrients through their prey.

 
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