Plants that can act to actions are a fascinating part of nature. Touch me is not the only plant which has such kind of ability, There are many. Though, it is one of the easily available plants of such kind. It is also very easy to take care of. You can easily grow it in your home garden or indoors. It needs to be taken care of just like any other plant, though it consumes way more water. This is because the majority of its structure is filled with water concentrated cells.
Since the time I was a kid, I always wondered how they did it and was there a reason behind it? If you think of the same questions, I am going to answer it today, So you don’t have to think about it anymore.
This is how leaves of the plant look like, and this is interesting it. Isn’t it? At the base of every leaf, these are called pulvini. All living organisms are made of sells, which makes tissues and similar tissues make organs; Similarly, Pulvini is a kind of tissue in touch me, not plants.
What Is Pulvini and How It Works?
They consist of cells filled with a high concentration of liquids. It is the reason why plants have the structure that we saw in the image above. They primarily support it by applying the pressure about the whole leaf, in scientific terms, it is known as turgor pressure.
If you touch a part of mimosa pudica, It releases a chemical; this called the cells in pulvini to drain out water. Losing the water, the pressure is also lost which makes it looks like the leaves collapsed.
Turgor pressure in action
Are there any uses of this plant?
With all the fun it gives you after touching it, it’s not limited to it, it has several uses in the real world. Thought it is not commonly used due to better drugs and herbs available for the same uses, but it is capable of getting you relief from high blood sugar levels, diabetes. It shall not be consumed by pregnant women; it can cause constipation and several other problems.
It is also beneficial for curing joint pains; it is a very effective painkiller. It is even known to help with hair loss. Many hair product brands have this as a major ingredient in their high loss prevention products. More about touch me not plant.