Unformatted text preview: In some cases, this leads to a very ordered arrangement, such as the ranking of leaves on most plants in the mint family or in many grasses. Alternate Opposite Whorled The many variations in leaves provide for better survival in specific habitats. For example, thickened epidermis and epidermal hairs protect and minimize water loss for leaves of dry areas as well as reflect intense sunlight. Large air spaces make floating leaves buoyant. Dissected leaves in water offer less resistance to water force. There are also differences in leaves found in sun and in shade, and in some juvenile and adult leaf forms....
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