Botanical Garden Programs: Reading Plants
VII. Extension Questions
1. What kind of environment do we live in?
2. What kinds of plants can you find in your neighborhood that are native to
3. How are these plants similar and different to the plants at the Huntington?
4. How would you compare the different plants in your neighborhood?
5. Why are plants important to people?
6. How do you use plants everyday?
adaptation a change over time in an organism’s structure or function that helps
it better survive in its environment
growing in or near water
a plant that digests insects of other small animals to gain the
nutrients it needs
the rainfall, light, temperature, wind, and other weather elements
that are normal to an area
a region with less than 25 cm (5 inches) of rainfall each year, usually
with extremes in temperature and having very few but highly
environment the physical and biological conditions around a plant or an animal,
such as, amount of space in which to live, climate, other plants and
the natural environment in which a plant or animal lives
the process whereby plants capture the sun’s energy in order to
make starches and sugars needed for growth; plants combine
carbon dioxide and water and release oxygen during photo-
synthesis productivity, and several layers of trees and plants
rain forest a tall forest in a climate of high rainfall, with several layers of trees
transpiration the process in which water evaporates from the leaves of a plant to
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