September 17, 2021

Plants also move by themselves, did you know?

The tree can’t move randomly, it’s easy to die if it moves. This sentence is not entirely true. In this world, there is no the most surprising, only more surprising things-some plants move by themselves. What do you think about the fact that plants move by themselves?

Let’s get to know the first plant that can move by itself-Selaginella. Selaginella is a kind of fern. It has strong vitality. Selaginella is a mobile plant that likes to grow in places with a lot of water.

If the place where it grows becomes insufficient, the Selaginella will pull its roots out of the soil, and then curl the entire body into a ball. When the wind blows, the selaginella will roll with the wind because it is relatively light. If they reach the place they are satisfied with, they will open their bodies, pierce their roots into the soil, and continue to grow there. But if this place is no longer suitable in the later stage, it is still the original trick, continue to roll up oneself, leave fate to the wind, and continue to find the next place with sufficient water supply and suitable for shelter.

Selaginella not only can walk, but also has a trick, that is, it can feign death when there is water shortage, put one’s body into a dormant stage, and almost completely stop the entire metabolism. Surprisingly, a scientist in Japan discovered that Selaginella used as a plant specimen regained life after encountering water after 11 years, and cells throughout the body activated and grew again.

Tumbleweed is the most famous in the world of walking plants, which generally grows on the deserted and dry Gobi desert. In autumn, the tumbleweed will curl all its branches inward and turn into a ball. When the autumn wind is a little bit stronger, they will leave their original roots and move with the wind. This kind of plant is very persistent. Even in windy weather, it still moves forward and will not stop moving until it encounters a place suitable for itself. When the spring flowers bloom, the tumbleweeds will take root, but in autumn they will continue to look for the next suitable place. It feels like they have been wandering all their lives like wanderers. In the east and west of the United States, there are also trees that will move, called “wake-up trees.” Such trees will also choose their own environment to settle down.

In fact, this kind of autonomous movement of plants is also a behavior of self-defense and self-protection evolved to adapt to the cruel environment of nature.

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