Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Sensitive

Mimosa Pudica, known as Humble or Sensitive plants are among my favorites to keep around the house. These little plants are hyper emotional and fold up their leaves, drop their stems and pout if you touch them. Just look.
I have always wondered why they behave in this manner so I looked it up. In case you were wondering these seismonastic movements are caused by calcium ions increasing pulvini wall pliability and decreased turgor pressure as a result of external stimulation. Duh.

And to think I just thought they were super neat.

1 comment:

John Richards said...

I don't know why you looked it up when you could have just asked.

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