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In the whistling pine, leaves are reduced to brown scales and young stems are green. This is an adaptation for
The adaptation in whistling pine where leaves are reduced to brown scales and young stems are green is for reducing transpiration. Transpiration is the process by which water is lost from the surface of leaves and stems in the form of water vapor. In dry and arid regions, water is a scarce resource, and plants need to conserve it. The brown scales in whistling pine protect the stem from excessive water loss through transpiration. The green stems of the plant carry out photosynthesis and produce food, and the brown scales protect the plant from excessive water loss, ensuring that the plant can survive in dry conditions. Thus, the adaptation is primarily for reducing transpiration and conserving water.