The best in arts & entertainment, news, pop culture, and your mom since 2002.

[Total: 20    Average: 4.1/5]
46 Comments - View/Add
Hits: 8333
Rating: 4.1
Category: Weird
Date: 04/10/13 08:39 AM

46 Responses to Crazy Swaying Plant: Can Anyone Explain This?

  1. Profile photo of jethack
    jethack Male 30-39
    3 posts
    April 10, 2013 at 8:40 am
    Link: Crazy Swaying Plant: Can Anyone Explain This? - Some crazy plant I-A-B reader Jethack saw while biking.
  2. Profile photo of TruTenrMan
    TruTenrMan Male 30-39
    2553 posts
    April 10, 2013 at 8:48 am
    It`s just saying hello.
  3. Profile photo of TruTenrMan
    TruTenrMan Male 30-39
    2553 posts
    April 10, 2013 at 8:48 am
    Oh--and portrait mode? Really?
  4. Profile photo of jtrebowski
    jtrebowski Male 40-49
    3359 posts
    April 10, 2013 at 8:51 am
    No idea. Very cool!
  5. Profile photo of Mikeoxsbiggg
    Mikeoxsbiggg Male 30-39
    1502 posts
    April 10, 2013 at 8:52 am
    The metronome plant. It loves hardcore.
  6. Profile photo of yusuksomuch
    yusuksomuch Male 40-49
    1008 posts
    April 10, 2013 at 8:57 am
    pitcher plant with a struggling insect inside?
  7. Profile photo of BoredFrank
    BoredFrank Male 40-49
    2372 posts
    April 10, 2013 at 8:59 am
    Wind.

    First time outdoors?
  8. Profile photo of monkerz
    monkerz Male 30-39
    199 posts
    April 10, 2013 at 9:15 am
    @ BoredFrank
    Are you blind, stupid or both?
  9. Profile photo of skytz1337
    skytz1337 Male 18-29
    687 posts
    April 10, 2013 at 9:38 am
    could me fake..or something caught inside it... or i dont know...aliens?
  10. Profile photo of chalket
    chalket Male 50-59
    2712 posts
    April 10, 2013 at 9:46 am
    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.
  11. Profile photo of Zeegrr60
    Zeegrr60 Male 40-49
    2106 posts
    April 10, 2013 at 9:46 am
    It`s the singing bush! There`s the invisible Knight standing beside it.(Damn I`m Old.)
  12. Profile photo of greenbasterd
    greenbasterd Male 18-29
    2377 posts
    April 10, 2013 at 9:52 am
    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
  13. Profile photo of Squrlz4Sale
    Squrlz4Sale Male 40-49
    6230 posts
    April 10, 2013 at 9:59 am
    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"
  14. Profile photo of 5Cats
    5Cats Male 50-59
    33085 posts
    April 10, 2013 at 10:01 am
    @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...
  15. Profile photo of flying_ltj
    flying_ltj Male 18-29
    340 posts
    April 10, 2013 at 10:03 am
    That is just too freaky, all the way... might be a double rainbow nearby too.

    WHAT DOES IT MEAN?!
  16. Profile photo of 5Cats
    5Cats Male 50-59
    33085 posts
    April 10, 2013 at 10:09 am
    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...
  17. Profile photo of Agent00Smith
    Agent00Smith Male 18-29
    2581 posts
    April 10, 2013 at 10:11 am
    Anyone who says this is wind is suffering from a severe reductionist point of view.
  18. Profile photo of Gerry1of1
    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
    36834 posts
    April 10, 2013 at 10:12 am

    Flutterby bush
  19. Profile photo of 5Cats
    5Cats Male 50-59
    33085 posts
    April 10, 2013 at 10:16 am
    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...

  20. Profile photo of jethack
    jethack Male 30-39
    3 posts
    April 10, 2013 at 10:16 am
    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.
  21. Profile photo of CrakrJak
    CrakrJak Male 40-49
    17514 posts
    April 10, 2013 at 10:32 am
    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.
  22. Profile photo of AvatarJohn
    AvatarJohn Male 30-39
    1059 posts
    April 10, 2013 at 10:47 am
    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.
  23. Profile photo of BoredFrank
    BoredFrank Male 40-49
    2372 posts
    April 10, 2013 at 10:49 am
    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.
  24. Profile photo of markust123
    markust123 Male 40-49
    3919 posts
    April 10, 2013 at 10:50 am
    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.
  25. Profile photo of markust123
    markust123 Male 40-49
    3919 posts
    April 10, 2013 at 10:54 am
    "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
  26. Profile photo of turdburglar
    turdburglar Male 30-39
    4896 posts
    April 10, 2013 at 11:12 am

    It`s GOD. That`s how we explain everything we don`t understand.
  27. Profile photo of Squrlz4Sale
    Squrlz4Sale Male 40-49
    6230 posts
    April 10, 2013 at 11:28 am
    SMC, people. SMC. ~sigh~
  28. Profile photo of Boresome
    Boresome Male 30-39
    81 posts
    April 10, 2013 at 11:29 am
    lol .. wind ...
  29. Profile photo of briand
    briand Male 40-49
    149 posts
    April 10, 2013 at 11:31 am
    Simple,, its wind.
  30. Profile photo of madduck
    madduck Female 50-59
    7597 posts
    April 10, 2013 at 11:45 am
    Nah- Squlz must be right- he can even interpret the signal LOL...
  31. Profile photo of littleoracle
    littleoracle Female 30-39
    322 posts
    April 10, 2013 at 11:47 am
    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.
  32. Profile photo of McThstlpnts
    McThstlpnts Female 18-29
    1540 posts
    April 10, 2013 at 11:51 am
    "It`s not wind." *pan camera to the side to CLEARLY show there IS IN FACT wind*
  33. Profile photo of bacon_pie
    bacon_pie Male 30-39
    3061 posts
    April 10, 2013 at 12:18 pm
    "Excuse me, are you the singing bush?"
  34. Profile photo of robosnitz
    robosnitz Male 40-49
    2737 posts
    April 10, 2013 at 12:47 pm
    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.

  35. Profile photo of carmium
    carmium Female 50-59
    6381 posts
    April 10, 2013 at 1:59 pm
    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.
  36. Profile photo of 5Cats
    5Cats Male 50-59
    33085 posts
    April 10, 2013 at 4:12 pm
    @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.
  37. Profile photo of 5Cats
    5Cats Male 50-59
    33085 posts
    April 10, 2013 at 4:16 pm
    @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 ;-)
  38. Profile photo of morimacil123
    morimacil123 Male 18-29
    171 posts
    April 10, 2013 at 4:19 pm
    Its just a metronome plant, no big deal
  39. Profile photo of PoptartinSD
    PoptartinSD Female 40-49
    178 posts
    April 10, 2013 at 4:27 pm
    You can definitely see it stop and go in relation to the other foliage blowing in the breeze.
  40. Profile photo of robthelurker
    robthelurker Male 18-29
    2864 posts
    April 10, 2013 at 5:46 pm
    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?
  41. Profile photo of madest
    madest Male 40-49
    7378 posts
    April 10, 2013 at 7:02 pm
    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?
  42. Profile photo of HolyGod
    HolyGod Male 30-39
    6900 posts
    April 10, 2013 at 9:50 pm
    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.
  43. Profile photo of avail9988
    avail9988 Male 18-29
    700 posts
    April 10, 2013 at 10:56 pm
    Maybe take it home and profit?
  44. Profile photo of nijd
    nijd Male 18-29
    267 posts
    April 11, 2013 at 2:33 am
    It`s... a leaf... swaying in a breeze.. It`s physics not magic.
  45. Profile photo of freddyferret
    freddyferret Male 40-49
    11741 posts
    April 11, 2013 at 10:24 am
    @nijd - Try again. Nothing else is moving, and the wind wouldn`t make it do that.
  46. Profile photo of Quackor
    Quackor Male 18-29
    2856 posts
    April 11, 2013 at 1:32 pm
    ALL PRAISE THE GOD OF THE WIND

Leave a Reply