Succulent leaves have a waxy coating covering the outside of the leaf called the cuticle. Also, the swollen leaf shape efficiently packs higher volume into a smaller surface area. This prevents moisture from evaporating, which helps the plant maintain homeostasis. The spiral leaf arrangement funnels moisture down towards the roots under the center of the plant.

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May 23, 2018

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