Succulent Plants

 

The Succulent Plant Page

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      Established Anno Domini 1995

What is a Succulent Plant? Succulent (Latin: succos = juice, sap) plants from more than 60 families and 300 genera have evolved special water-storage tissues in thickened or swollen leaves, stems or roots as an adaptation to the arid climates of deserts and semi-deserts. Many of these habitats are associated with high day-time temperatures and special mechanisms have evolved to collect and conserve the limited moisture that is available, sometimes only from dews, mists and fogs. By making the most of scarce available moisture, succulents can survive in habitats that are far too dry for most other plants. Read more.