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Mimosa pudica: the sensitive plant

Mimosa pudica, also called the sensitive or shy plant, is a creeping annual or perennial herb often grown for its curiosity value: the compound leaves fold inward and droop when touched, re-opening within minutes. The species is native to South America and Central America, but is now a pantropical weed.

It is not known exactly why the Mimosa pudica has this feature, but many scientists think that the plant uses its ability to shrink as a defense from predators. Many animals may be afraid of such a fast moving plant and would rather go and eat a less active one.

Watch the shy Mimosa pudica in action in the video below from StupidVideos.com:

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Comment from cupid
Time March 9, 2009 at 3:02 AM

awwwww that is soooo cuteee

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