Why is there so much variability in the kinds of flowers?  Is there one kind that is better than others?

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Variability is essential to survival, adaptation, and evolution.  Genetic recombination of DNA ensures continued variety which allows all species the best chance of survival in various environments.   All species of plants and animals are ridden with variety to ensure survival.  The variety allows for the process of natural selection to...

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Variability is essential to survival, adaptation, and evolution.  Genetic recombination of DNA ensures continued variety which allows all species the best chance of survival in various environments.   All species of plants and animals are ridden with variety to ensure survival.  The variety allows for the process of natural selection to occur.

Natural selection, or survival of the fittest, is based on the idea that organisms with the best adaptations for an environment will survive and reproduce.  The organisms that reproduce are able to pass on their genetic code.  Suppose you transplant multiple flowers into a new environment.  Some will survive better than others providing them the opportunity to pass on their genes and continuing to flourish.

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Different flowers are adapted in different ways to survive in the environment they grow in, and according to the insects, climate, creatures and conditions they require for pollination. For example, a cactus sometimes has flowers. The cactus has adapted to be a reservoir of rarely obtainable water, storing it in its fleshy leaves and protecting it from preadtors through dangerous often toxic spines. This protects the flower, so that insects/creatures can visit it long enouth for pollination to occur. Som,e flowers have adapted by colour - the insects in their particular environment visited one shade more often than other shades and so the strongest colour won out down the generations of seed. Other flowers use scent.

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