sensitive plant

  1. prostrate or semi-erect subshrub of tropical America, and Australia; heavily armed with recurved thorns and having sensitive soft grey-green leaflets that fold and droop at night or when touched or cooled
  2. semi-climbing prickly evergreen shrub of tropical America having compound leaves sensitive to light and touch
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  • Tests in Puerto Rico using direct applications of picloram to soil at rates four to six times greater than those employed in Vietnam had shown that only the most sensitive plant seedlings, soybeans, suffered ill effects six to twelve months later. Operation Ranch Hand
  • The sensitive plant is too vulgar an allusion; but if the truth of modern naturalists may be depended upon, there is a plant which, instead of receding timidly from the intrusive touch, angrily protrudes its venomous juices upon all who presume to meddle with it: – do not you think this plant would be your fittest emblem? Letters for Literary Ladies: To Which is Added, An Essay on the Noble Science of Self-Justification
  • The gerbera is a most sensitive plant to propagate from seed and if you sow a hundred seeds you would be lucky to get a few plants out of them.
  • Yesterday I added 4 Yellow Goat's Horn pepper seeds, my hop seeds and some mimosa pudica (sensitive plant) seed.
  • Sensitive plants include legumes such as clover, peas and beans; Asteracea such as thistles, dandelions and sunflowers; and Solenacea such as nightshade, tomatoes and potatoes.
  • Those genes included one for a light-sensitive plant protein called a phytochrome, which changes shape upon absorbing certain wavelengths of red light.
  • Comments: Quite a sensitive plant to grow in the aquarium.
  • The two weeds, giant sensitive plant Mimosa pigra and the waterweed Salvinia molesta, are currently of great concern because they can easily come to dominate wetland areas. Kakadu National Park, Australia
  • The vegetation of these plains changes more or less continuously throughout the wet-dry cycle, from permanent open water communities, invaded by the waterweed Salvinia molesta, which, with the giant sensitive plant Mimosa pigra, is rampant, and to ephemeral communities of herbs, grasses and sedges associated with seasonally flooded, cracking clay soils that dry out completely in the dry season when the southern hills become a refuge for the Park's fauna. Kakadu National Park, Australia
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