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How Some Leaves Got Fat: It's the Veins

April 10, 2013

veins of a Phemeranthus teretifolius leaf Some plants, such as succulents, have managed to grow very plump leaves. For that to happen, according to a new study published in Current Biology, plants had to evolve 3-D arrangements of their leaf veins. That's how they could maintain adequately efficient hydraulics for photosynthesis. Full Story

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