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Turning Over a New Leaf

Here is the perfect plant for to set the new year up with, Mimosa Pudica.

The leaves recoil visibly from the touch, earning the plant various nicknames along the lines of ‘shy’, ‘sensitive’ etc.

I was lucky enough to stumble across a healthy colony of these plants in rural Thailand recently.

The first photo shows the plant before being touched.

The second shows it after being touched:

An intriguing plant for all nature-lovers, but for obvious reasons, this is probably a plant of more professional interest to trackers than natural navigators.