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Postby jjoropeza » Wed Jun 29, 2005 2:06 pm

What is porpuse of the folding of the leaves, does this provides some advantaje to the plant?
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Postby James » Wed Jun 29, 2005 2:29 pm

They fold up upon touch- to prevent being eaten, and in the presence of fire- to limit the damage.
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Postby jjoropeza » Wed Jun 29, 2005 5:21 pm

Appreciated your respons, but how can this folding prevent from being eaten at all,
or minimize damage from fire. Could you elaborat your coment
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Postby James » Wed Jun 29, 2005 5:29 pm

Well, droopy leaves are a lot less attractive to herbivores than big lush leaves on other plants. The plant also responds to this when there is a lack of water, because the curling gives a smaller surface area for water loss by transpiration.
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Postby jjoropeza » Wed Jun 29, 2005 7:18 pm

I guess is not one thing but a sum different benefits, like you propose, Perhaps catterpilars and other like creatures will be descorage eventhou it those not seem as efective as been poisonus or untastefull. Still a bit unclear since there are not that many plants that show this same activity.
How those the stimulus is trasfer to the cells that react? is it mecanichal?
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Postby MrMistery » Wed Jun 29, 2005 7:21 pm

It is a variation in osmotic pressure that makes the leavs behave like that
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