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In aquatic plant Ranunculus flabellaris (buttercup), submerged leaves are highly dissected whereas the emerged leaves are broad and lobed. This is an example of ______________.

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heterophylly
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environmental plasticity
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phenology
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both (a) and (b).
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Solution

The correct option is C both (a) and (b).
Heterophylly is the occurrence of different types of leaves on the same plant in different growth phases or under different environmental conditions. In case of environmental plasticity as shown by aquatic plant Ranaticafus flabellaris (Buttercup), the submerged leaves are highly dissected while the emerged leaves are broad and lobed.

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