These plants are all over my yard.  They look just the same as another plant but this one is special because when you wave your hand over it.....poof....it disappears.  I really dont care about the official name for them.. I call them 'ghost plants'.  

   I have a new little tree too and I am amazed to see that it goes to sleep in the evening and on rainy days.  It is conserving energy I guess  The leaves look very much like these little leaves.  Very sensitive.  It will have big red puff ball blossoms on it someday.  It sleeps!!!

  When I first moved there there were such pretty little rose vines in the yard and I didnt want to cut them.  Now I mow them relentlessly and pull them out because they are really aggressive.  Such pretty red roses and yet so smartly invasive.

   The plant world amazes me.  Gardening is brutal and I have actually given up on ordering dirt and putting in a real garden.  Im having fun decorating the holes left by the palm trees I sold.  I dont have to do anything....Im old.  ha.  But the plants still talk to me and I find myself yelling at some of them and teasing the others....especially the ghost plants, I like to see them cringe.

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Comment by koshersalaami on November 3, 2016 at 4:03am

You don't have kudzu, do you?

Comment by JMac1949 Today on November 3, 2016 at 6:54am

R&L

Comment by Dharmabummer on November 3, 2016 at 7:21am

I want to see a video of the 'ghost plants' cowering as you wave your hand!

Comment by Ron Powell on November 3, 2016 at 7:39am

Weeds are plants too!

Comment by Zanelle on November 3, 2016 at 7:46am

No kudzu....however the jungle mentality is everywhere here and you sometimes see three or four plants all entwined together reaching for the sky.  A race.

Ill work on a video db.

Yes they are, Ron!

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Comment by Keith Joiner on November 3, 2016 at 9:09am

There is a local native here that looks and behaves in the same fashion called Sensitive Mimosa. Just touch it and the leaves fold up. 

I don't know why. I'll look it up.

Comment by Keith Joiner on November 3, 2016 at 9:12am

From the Wiki:

Plant movement[edit]

File:Mimosa pudica in Hainan.ogv
Video of Mimosa pudica closing when touched in Hainan, China

Mimosa pudica is well known for its rapid plant movement. Like a number of other plant species, it undergoes changes in leaf orientation termed "sleep" or nyctinastic movement. The foliage closes during darkness and reopens in light.[11] This was first studied by the French scientist Jean-Jacques d'Ortous de Mairan.

The leaves also close under various other stimuli, such as touching, warming, blowing, or shaking. These types of movements have been termed seismonastic movements. The stimulus is transmitted via action potentials to thepulvini of the plant, where contractile proteins and aquaporins induce the movement of water and electrolytes out of the cell.[12] The movement occurs when specific regions of cells lose turgor pressure, which is the force that is applied onto the cell wall by water within the cell vacuoles and other cell contents. When the plant is disturbed, specific regions on the stems are stimulated to release chemicals, including potassium ions, which force water out of the cell vacuoles and the water diffuses out of the cells, producing a loss of cell pressure and cell collapse; this differential turgidity between different regions of cells results in the closing of the leaflets and the collapse of the leaf petiole. This movement of folding inwards is energetically costly for the plant and also interferes with the process of photosynthesis.[13] This characteristic is quite common within the Mimosoideae subfamily of the legume family, Fabaceae. The stimulus can also be transmitted to neighboring leaves. It is not known exactly why Mimosa pudica evolved this trait, but many scientists think that the plant uses its ability to shrink as a defense from herbivores. Animals may be afraid of a fast moving plant and would rather eat a less active one. Another possible explanation is that the sudden movement dislodges harmful insects.[citation needed]

Comment by nerd cred on November 3, 2016 at 3:27pm

 I dont have to do anything....Im old.  ha.

The perfect motto!

I love your plants.

Comment by Zanelle on November 3, 2016 at 9:37pm

Wow, thanks Keith...and here I thought it was magic.  I guess it still is tho because of the 'why' factor.   Why does something evolve in  certain way?  Amazing chemistry there.  wow.

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