Charles Darwin quote about plants from On The Origin of Species - But a plant on the edge of a desert is said to struggle for life against the drought, though more properly it should be said to be dependent on the moisture.
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But a plant on the edge of a desert is said to struggle for life against the drought, though more properly it should be said to be dependent on the moisture.
 Charles Darwin, On The Origin of Species (1859). copy citation

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Author Charles Darwin
Source On The Origin of Species
Topic plants drought moisture
Date 1859
Language English
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Weblink http://www.gutenberg.org/files/2009/2009-h/2009-h.htm

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“I should premise that I use this term in a large and metaphorical sense, including dependence of one being on another, and including (which is more important) not only the life of the individual, but success in leaving progeny. Two canine animals, in a time of dearth, may be truly said to struggle with each other which shall get food and live. But a plant on the edge of a desert is said to struggle for life against the drought, though more properly it should be said to be dependent on the moisture. A plant which annually produces a thousand seeds, of which only one of an average comes to maturity, may be more truly said to struggle with the plants of the same and other kinds which already clothe the ground.” source

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