Citrus limon- Lemon





Adaptation can be described as adjusting to change.  Adaptations are the key for every organism's survival.  The world is constantly changing and organisms need to change also in order to survive.  The species Citrus limon has made many adaptations.  The important adaptations have to do with cold weather, scent and nectar, and edible seeds.

Citrus limon has adapted to cooler weather.  Typically lemon trees are grown in sub-tropical climates so the temperatures are warm year round.  However these places can get cold.  When cold spells hit the lemon tree is able to become semi-dormant and stop growing. Then once the temperature warms up again the tree will blossom and start producing fruit again.  If lemon trees are exposed to temperatures below thirty degrees Fahrenheit (negative one degree Celsius) the tree will be severely damaged or die.

Another adaption of the lemon tree is the scent and nectar of the flowers.  The scent and nectar of the flowers on the lemon tree attract insects.  Insects are a key component in the life cycle of a lemon since they are the main pollinator.

A third adaptation of a lemon tree is the edible fruit and seeds.  By the fruitLemons on a cutting board being edible it is a way for the tree's seeds to get dispersed.  For example an animal eats a lemon, then the animal's digestive system digests the lemon but the seed stays intact.  Once the seed passes through the digestive system it will be released with other fecal matter and be ready for germination.  More than likely the seed will be released back into the environment in a different location than where it was consumed.




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