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Crazy Swaying Plant: Can Anyone Explain This?

Hits: 8227 | Rating: (3.3) | Category: Weird | Added by: jethack
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Quackor
Male, 18-29, S. America
 2864 Posts
Thursday, April 11, 2013 1:32:45 PM
ALL PRAISE THE GOD OF THE WIND

freddyferret
Male, 40-49, Midwest US
 11734 Posts
Thursday, April 11, 2013 10:24:53 AM
@nijd - Try again. Nothing else is moving, and the wind wouldn't make it do that.

nijd
Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 269 Posts
Thursday, April 11, 2013 2:33:07 AM
It's... a leaf... swaying in a breeze.. It's physics not magic.

avail9988
Male, 18-29, Australia
 678 Posts
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 10:56:56 PM
Maybe take it home and profit?

HolyGod
Male, 30-39, Western US
 5021 Posts
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 9:50:23 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.

madest
Male, 40-49, Eastern US
 6458 Posts
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 7:02:31 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?

robthelurker
Male, 18-29, Canada
 2276 Posts
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 5:46:36 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?

PoptartinSD
Female, 40-49, Midwest US
 178 Posts
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 4:27:38 PM
You can definitely see it stop and go in relation to the other foliage blowing in the breeze.

morimacil123
Male, 18-29, Europe
 171 Posts
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 4:19:06 PM
Its just a metronome plant, no big deal

5Cats
Male, 50-59, Canada
 25691 Posts
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 4:16:43 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

5Cats
Male, 50-59, Canada
 25691 Posts
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 4:12:58 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.

carmium
Female, 50-59, Canada
 6406 Posts
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 1:59:55 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.

robosnitz
Male, 40-49, Eastern US
 2752 Posts
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 12:47:47 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.


bacon_pie
Male, 30-39, Southern US
 2819 Posts
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 12:18:31 PM
"Excuse me, are you the singing bush?"

McThstlpnts
Female, 18-29, Southern US
 1494 Posts
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 11:51:58 AM
"It's not wind." *pan camera to the side to CLEARLY show there IS IN FACT wind*

littleoracle
Female, 30-39, Midwest US
 281 Posts
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 11:47:41 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.

madduck
Female, 50-59, Europe
 5786 Posts
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 11:45:47 AM
Nah- Squlz must be right- he can even interpret the signal LOL...

briandarf
Male, 40-49, Midwest US
 123 Posts
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 11:31:43 AM
Simple,, its wind.

Boresome
Male, 30-39, Europe
 74 Posts
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 11:29:44 AM
lol .. wind ...

Squrlz4Sale
Male, 40-49, Eastern US
 6018 Posts
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 11:28:45 AM
SMC, people. SMC. ~sigh~

turdburglar
Male, 30-39, Western US
 3667 Posts
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 11:12:35 AM

It's GOD. That's how we explain everything we don't understand.

markust123
Male, 40-49, Western US
 3784 Posts
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 10:54:23 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

markust123
Male, 40-49, Western US
 3784 Posts
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 10:50:59 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.

BoredFrank
Male, 40-49, Southern US
 2005 Posts
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 10:49:57 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.

AvatarJohn
Male, 30-39, Southern US
 1004 Posts
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 10:47:33 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.

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