The curious case of the Mimosa Pudica is of a plant that has captured the imagination and love of our inner-childhood for centuries around the globe. This is no ordinary plant. When its leaves are brushed, they actually move and react in response with a cascading collapsing effect.
It was first discovered by Robert Hooke. He originally thought that the Mimosa Pudica shared a nervous system with animals and could detect feelings of touch in the same way. After further investigation, it was learned that the plant actually moves through water stored in its cells. The response is controlled completely through chemical signals up through the stem when disturbed.
The plant has this rapid chain reaction to protect itself from foraging animals, as a sort of evasion maneuver or to startle from its unusual movement.
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