Crazy Swaying Plant: Can Anyone Explain This?

Submitted by: jethack 4 years ago in Weird

Some crazy plant I-A-B reader Jethack saw while biking.
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Male 2,855
ALL PRAISE THE GOD OF THE WIND
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Male 11,740
@nijd - Try again. Nothing else is moving, and the wind wouldn`t make it do that.
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Male 267
It`s... a leaf... swaying in a breeze.. It`s physics not magic.
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Male 700
Maybe take it home and profit?
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Male 8,132
turdburgalar

"It`s GOD. That`s how we explain everything we don`t understand."

Wasn`t me. I was busy putting my face on toast that day and helping a high school student hit free throws that day.
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Male 7,378
It`s waggin it`s friggin tail. Haven`t you idiots ever hat a Chia pet? Or did they only go to bald people and poodle owners?
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Male 3,437
its the thing from invasion of the body snatchers!!!!!!!!! you know, the black and white movie, and the donald sutherland one, and the 90s one, and the newer nicole kidman one... am i missing any others?
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Female 178
You can definitely see it stop and go in relation to the other foliage blowing in the breeze.
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Male 171
Its just a metronome plant, no big deal
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Male 37,774
@carmium: I agree! The plant seems to start moving before the others do, but that`s normal. A breeze will "pick up" and this plant just starts swaying earlier than the others.
However, it`s still an amazing adaptation. It don`t think it`s "by accident" that it does this, it must serve some biological purpose!

Or, you know, it`s just doing it to look cool.

My areas of expertise are children and cats, not plants ;-)
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Male 37,774
@littleoracle: Mimosa pudica are very cool! But this one was different. It had a central stalk with long thin leaves, when you touch one leaf, they`d all droop down! It came from Hawaii and (supposedly) this was to survive heavy rain.
It was hard to keep alive, it NEEDS wind to "pump itself" back up.

@robosnitz: I believe you have found it! Palmetto, not Triffid ;-) Which particular type may or may not make a difference.
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Female 6,381
If you watch both vids, it stops when the surrounding plants stop bobbing in the breeze, and starts up again when the breeze returns. If the coiled frond is partly open on the far side, I would say it`s acting like a sail - especially compared to the stuff around it - and the swaying just amplifies.
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Male 2,737
It`s a baby palmetto palm frond that hasn`t opened yet.It`ll catch the slightest breeze.Florida is littered with these things. OR it`s a baby Triffid getting ready to attack. Either or.

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Female 1,540
"It`s not wind." *pan camera to the side to CLEARLY show there IS IN FACT wind*
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Female 322
5cats - That sensitive plant you`re referring to is called Mimosa pudica. They`re a tropical plant and you can actually buy them online. I used to own one but they`re tricky to keep alive.
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Female 7,866
Nah- Squlz must be right- he can even interpret the signal LOL...
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Male 153
Simple,, its wind.
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Male 81
lol .. wind ...
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Male 6,227
SMC, people. SMC. ~sigh~
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Male 4,893

It`s GOD. That`s how we explain everything we don`t understand.
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Male 4,395
"At the risk of being a killjoy, I`m betting it`s a mole or bugs chewing on the roots. Or a line of bugs or water moving by the roots, causing the rhythmic swaying."

Nice
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Male 4,395
I`ve run into this up here in the Northwest. It freaked us out for a while until we held a couple coats up and stopped the slight breeze. I liked it better when we were freaked out. Crakr is right it is just the right shape that even a very light breeze makes it sway. Could also be natural gas being pushed out of a small hole that is directed right at the plant.
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Male 2,670
Too bad you didn`t have a clear plastic box handy, jethack. I would bet money that the instant you enclosed the plant and blocked any airflow, the movement would slow and then cease altogether.

I`m sure monkerz disagrees, but he probably also thinks gravity is an Italian boy band.
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Male 1,059
At the risk of being a killjoy, I`m betting it`s a mole or bugs chewing on the roots. Or a line of bugs or water moving by the roots, causing the rhythmic swaying.
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Male 17,512
I believe the key to this leaf`s swaying is in it`s shape, even a very light breeze would cause the pressure difference necessary to make it sway on such a thin stalk.
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Male 37,774
Oh NOES! The Colour Out Of Space
It`s HP Lovecraft come to life! Ieeeee!

"claimed that the branches of some trees "swayed also when there was no wind,"

I for one welcome the Elder Gods returning...

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Male 3
We saw this outside of Hilton head island in s.c. we spent about 15 minutes looking at this thing and nothing inside of it. It just moved to unnaturally to be wind but who knows? It kinda freaked us out.
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Male 38,480

Flutterby bush
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Male 2,579
Anyone who says this is wind is suffering from a severe reductionist point of view.
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Male 37,774
Video #2

It`s in South Carolina :-)

It seems to go "back and forth" rather than "all around" which is what purely wind-driven swaying would produce, IMHO. It`s -for sure- connected to wind but there`s more to it than that...
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Male 339
That is just too freaky, all the way... might be a double rainbow nearby too.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN?!
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Male 37,774
@jethack: That is AWESOME! Candidate for post of the year!

It`s not a bug inside, that`s for sure.
It could be wind related, but the plant has obviously evolved to be SUPER sensitive to the slightest breeze, which is still amazing!

I`ve seen a plant whose leaves would instantly "droop" when touched, it was freaky too!

Where is this? Hawaii? That`s where the droop-leaf plant was from...

Awaiting an IAB-Genius to provide a Wiki-link to explain this...
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Male 6,227
You`re all wrong. This is a hither-to-now undisclosed secret method of squirrel communication. Burying beneath a forest plant with lanceolate-shaped leaves, the squirrel vigorously tugs on the main root stem to send a secret message in SMC (Squirrel Morse Code) to other denizens of the forest, rodent and otherwise.

In this particular instance, the message being repeatedly sent was, "OMG stop I CAN`T BELIEVE HOW DORKY THIS BIKER LOOKS IN THOSE SHORTS stop"
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Male 2,376
lol its wind.. its just take a lil wee bit.. they say its not wind but if you look around everything is moving a bit.. which means its wind lol.. top heavy, big surface.. sorry but its wind
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Male 2,163
It`s the singing bush! There`s the invisible Knight standing beside it.(Damn I`m Old.)
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Male 2,711
BoredFrank is right, it is the wind (actually breeze would be more accurate).

The breeze is blowing directly into the cupped leaf, forcing it to one side or the other until the air spills out. Then the leaf rebounds and blows to the other side causing the oscillation.

@monkerz
Which are you? Blind, stupid, or both? I`m betting on stupid.
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Male 687
could me fake..or something caught inside it... or i dont know...aliens?
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Male 227
@ BoredFrank
Are you blind, stupid or both?
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Male 2,670
Wind.

First time outdoors?
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Male 1,008
pitcher plant with a struggling insect inside?
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Male 1,497
The metronome plant. It loves hardcore.
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Male 3,364
No idea. Very cool!
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Male 2,552
Oh--and portrait mode? Really?
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Male 2,552
It`s just saying hello.
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Male 3
Link: Crazy Swaying Plant: Can Anyone Explain This? [Rate Link] - Some crazy plant I-A-B reader Jethack saw while biking.
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