Amazing and Mysterious Phenomena of PlantsThe world is full of amazing things. If we analyse carefully, we can find some surprising features in animals and plants. Some plants show some strange feature by which we can be astonished. Here are some amazing phenomena shown by some plants:
Crown shyness is a phenomenon in which tree's crown never touches each other and remains separate by a channel like a gap. It is common among trees of same species but can be seen in between different species of plants as well. A possible reason for the development of this shyness behaviour of trees is to avoid regular collision and abrasion of treetops with each other due to heavy wind. They adapted themselves and remain separate from each other.
We know that bioluminescent is observed in fireflies but a plant named Neonothopanus gardneri also show bio-illumination, and hence also called as Firefox mushrooms or Glow in the dark mushroom. It was first reported in Brazil. The fungus shows bio-illumination due to the presence of a light-emitting chemical substance oxyluciferin in large quantity which emits different colours of light.
Nyctinastic movement is shown by some sensitive plants and commonly occurs in Mimosa pudica (Touch Me Not plant). Upon touch, this plant closes its leaves which reopen in a few minutes. This is an adaptive activity which occurs in response to any physical stimuli and shows a defence mechanism of the plant.
A plant named Callicarpa tomentosa of Family Verbenaceae, commonly known as Pandav's Torch or Pandavara Butti gets lighted when a little oil is applied on its leaves. It is named because it is said that it was used by Pandavas during their Vanvas.
Pachycauly is a peculiar phenomenon in which tree trunks gets swelled due to water storage. This phenomenon s showed by Species of Adansonia. These trees are known as Bottle trees or Baobab tree. These species are very advantageous in the areas of seasonal rainfall and drought.
Mimetic polymorphism is common in butterflies and other animal species. In this phenomenon, species mimics to other unpalatable species. But a plant Boquila trifoliolata also shows this activity.
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