PLANT IN­TEL­LI­GENCE

CLEO (Malaysia) - - MEET YOUR MATCH -

RE­SEARCH SHOWS THAT PLANTS COM­MU­NI­CATE, MEA­SURE TIME, USE CAM­OU­FLAGE WHEN DAN­GER AP­PROACHES, AND EVEN DE­VOUR PREDA­TORS! HERE ARE SOME EX­AM­PLES.

VENUS FLY TRAP

Th­ese plants get their nu­tri­ents from the in­sects they trap be­tween their leaves. Its leaves are sen­si­tive to move­ment and will snap shut as soon as it senses some­thing on it.

SEN­SI­TIVE PLANT (MI­MOSA)

This plant re­acts to touch and move­ment. It’ll re­act dif­fer­ently de­pend­ing on the in­ten­sity or mag­ni­tude of the stim­u­lus. For ex­am­ple, if you flick the leaves quickly, they will shut in­stan­ta­neously. But if you touch it gen­tly, its leaves will fold slowly. Mi­mosa also re­acts the same way to changes in tem­per­a­ture.

PITCHER PLANT

As the name sug­gests, this re­sem­bles a pitcher with wa­ter filled in­side it. In­sects that fall prey to this car­niv­o­rous plant are lured in by the plant’s colour and nec­tar. Once trapped, they drown and are dis­solved by the plant’s en­zymes.

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