The effect of wind on plants
The effects of wind on plants depend on the species of the plant. Wind accelerates water loss through the leaves, so wind can result in the plant losing too much water. Transportation refers to the movement of water from inside the plant to the surrounding environment. Water from within the plant exits the plant through stomata, tiny pores in the leaves and enters the atmosphere. Wind accelerates the process of water leaving the plant. In certain habitats where strong winds are common, plants have adapted by evolving structures that minimize water loss. Pine trees, spruce, and other conifers have developed needle like leaves that reduce water loss, while cactus have developed spines that break up the wind?s force. Yet wind plays an important role in pollination by dispersing seeds and strengthening the stems of plants so they become more resistant to the elements.