has anyone got any info on "walking plants" as i have to right an essay on them i know the banana plant walks 1 meter a year but i need to know more about them. please help.
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- Thread Starter
- 12-11-2004 13:52
- 13-11-2004 00:12
Stole this from fuchsiashockz.org
"When people think of plants, they do not think of them as particularly mobile. But plants have to travel to find the conditions they need to survive. Space is a necessity as overcrowding leads to competition for light, nutrients and water.
Blackberry plants are constantly travelling. Once an individual has established itself, it sends out exploratory stems in the search for new territory. The tips of these stems waggle from side to side, moving away from any obstacle they touch. As they move over logs and rocks, the stems occasionally make contact with bare soil. Here, they put down small rootlets and start to extract nutrients from the ground, establishing a larger territory as the stems continue to move outwards.
The bird-cage plant of America grows in desert sand dunes. There is very little water here, and the plant gathers moisture from the morning dew and by putting down long roots in search of water. Dunes can move overnight, changing the plant's location from a good, shady site to a scorching, unfavourable one. The plant dies, its roots shrivel, and its stems curl upwards forming a spherical cage. With no roots to anchor it, the wind blows the dead plant across the dunes, where it may travel for miles and days.
Eventually it will land in a sheltered shady spot. The only living part of the plant, the seeds, tumble out as the heat of the sun splits open the pods, and these germinate in its new environment."
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