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Name: John N.
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Age: 50s
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Date: 5/22/2003


Question:
Why do some fruits like kiwis and peaches and cactus fruit have hairs or needles?


Replies:
I am not an evolutionary botanist, but I would suspect it is a deterrent to insects and other critters who would want to make supper of the peach or cactus.

Vince Calder


Adaptations/structures serving a variety of functions, usually protection and dispersal.

http://protea.worldonline.co.za/fruit.htm

http://www.bbg.org/gar2/topics/botany/parts_fruit.html

Anthony Brach, Ph.D



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