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Thread: Funny plant fiancee ran across years ago

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    It is not a carnivorous species, all of which are herbaceous and none of which have thorns.
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    do any of the sensitivity plants have thorns?

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    I had never really though it was carnivorous, just really nastly LOL, which is why I first posted it on the semi/quasi board... met with mostly disbelief so thought I would try here. I was just speaking with my fiancee about it, he does remember where it was, unfortunately the property has been sold about 4 times since then... Have been wondering how well the new owners would take to me knocking on thiier door and asking if they still have it...
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    you can always try!

    And dont be to quick to rule out mimosa, there are many different strains of mimosa, from the tiny to the enormous...

    Fatboy, If I remember, collected some a while back, 2 varieties I think.. one little, one huge.. as far as I know, he's our expert...

    but I agree with tamlin, I just don't think it's a carnivore, and it just sounds so much like mimosa, it could be a different one than you are used to (Mimosa is all over the world)
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    Sorry replying late to this but I think I know what plant it is your fiancee saw. Is it the Cat's Claw? It is realated to the mimosa BUT NOT DIRECTLY. It is in my North American wildlife book and the latin term for it is Schrankia nuttallii Is that it? Says in my book it moves thorns and leaves when touched or moved. It in the range of Florida to Alabama and a little northward to Tennessee and Oklahoma. It grows along the ground and it VERY thorny and movesthorns and leaves. I think I have a break in this case! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]

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    BTW, here's a pic of it. Looks just like a Mimosa, and its a native American plant. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]


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    Why would a plant need quick movements? It is just expending unecesary energy, if it doesn't plan on catching any food.

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    According to my book here they belive it moves using NO energy, but more of a sensitive movement. It moves by the osmotic pressure in the cells membranes, sorta like a hydraulic piston in a way, just moves with pressure not energy. The reson it moves is to "blend in" like sticks (after it folds up) with it's environment, sorta hides in plain view.

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