Story: Shrublands

Needle leaves (4th of 4)

Needle leaves

The vertical needle leaves of turpentine shrubs (Dracophyllum species) grow in bunches at the tips of branches. Water loss from transpiration is minimised in plants with needle leaves, because of their small surface area.

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Maggy Wassilieff, 'Shrublands - New Zealand’s shrublands and scrub', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 15 April 2024)

Story by Maggy Wassilieff, published 24 Sep 2007