No matter how stern you are in accepting the fact that each one of us has one or more secrets which not even our best friends knows about, we all have one or the other secret which probably none knows about.
Well, you have the whole right to disagree with me but I guess if you introspect you will agree with me! Not only human beings but other species like plant too have some secrets that no one knows about.
Animals I guess you won’t argue about but surely you would be surprised if I tell you that plants do some secretive things when no one is around. Wondering what it is; something in particular or different plants do different secretive things? To get the answers to these questions, sit back and scroll down.
Trust me you will be flabbergasted and if somebody watches you while reading the article, he/she too would be dazed to see you reading wide-mouth opened.
Marcgravia Evenia Outsmarts Bats
A team of scientists discovered that plants could command goddamn bats. Cuban vine known by the name Marcgravia evenia has some kind of leafy satellite-dish attachment above its fruit clusters which are not held out flat to catch the sun instead its leaves are cupped and positioned to face straight ahead.
Marcrgavia depends exclusively on bats for seed dispersal. Bats despite being flat are able to find food using annoying screeching noise that they make. Bats are able to find 50 percent faster with these special leaves. The echo from the leaves sound conspicuously constant from every angle.
The Dodder Vine Hunts Its Prey
The dodder is a parasitic vine that depends entirely on other plant for its food. If you all know it doesn’t have roots or leaves, and can’t photosynthesize. Sucking the juice straight out of another plant helps it in surviving. This might sound easy but is not, it has to actually hunt down its victims. The dodder can smell other plants and starts to grow in that direction. This sense of “smell” helps it differentiate between a good host and a bad one. When it gets it victim, it wraps itself tight and presses special feeding nodes against it to pierce the juicy flesh.
The Javan Cucumber Masters the Mechanics of Flight
Javan cucumber is a plant the seeds of which have wings. Yes, they’ve developed actual wings that can fly up to 100 meters with absolutely no wind and if there is breeze, their speed increases. Just like butterfly flies, utilizing air currents, stalls, dips and glides to carry itself, the seeds travel at a pretty good speed.
Plants That Command Insects
Plants like tomatoes command the insects. Don’t you believe me? Read on! If a caterpillar is chewing on a tomato, it throws up a chemical smoke signal that summons an army of parasitic wasps to come fight them off. Not only, tomatoes do this, tobacco too calls for help from nearby predators to keep the caterpillars, leaf bugs and other pests away.
Plants can also manipulate insects for sweet, sweet loving. Orchids get chemical signals from insects and they use scents to trick them into becoming couriers for their plant-sperm.
Figs Make Bargains and Punish Freeloaders
We all know that plants give out nectar and the insect pollinates the plant. Fig trees have a partnership with a particular wasp called a fig wasp. The wasp gets food and lays its eggs in the fruit. In exchange it pollinates the fruit. Fig trees can’t reproduce without the wasps which can’t live without the tree. But when the wasps don’t pollinate, the fig tree aborts the young of wasps.
Plants That Move Faster Than a Bullet
Did you know that not all plants are immovable? Surprisingly, there are few plants that move around with some surprising speed. The telegraph plant well known by the name dancing plant has its leaves mounted on a tiny hinge and moves around.
The trigger plant also has the ability to leave people amazed. It fires its pollen at a nearby insect’s face. The plant sperm trebuchet launches its attack 15 milliseconds after its triggered and hits with enough force to stun the insect. It staggers and disorients insects with a blast from its reproductive organs.
Plants that Communicate and Cooperate
Plants usually don’t like sharing their neighborhood with freeloaders. They stick to their family and when they are grown with some unrelated plant, each grows as quickly as possible in an effort to wrestle as many nutrients and minerals as possible away from the other. But when they are made to grow with the member of their family, they actually grow less than they normally would. Also, some of them recognize their relatives and care enough to share food.
Besides this, the plants are capable of telling their friends from their enemies and can collaborate with each other too. That’s not all; plant can also signal each other when it’s time to bloom. Not only with the same species some plants are capable of communicating with other plants like tobacco plants that can communicate with totally different species.
Eucalyptus Trees Napalm Their Enemies
One threat to trees is fire. The Australian eucalyptus trees have a scorched earth policy thereby becoming immune to forest fires. The eucalyptus itself is designed specifically to be the only tree standing after a fiery apocalypse with their stems hidden deep inside their trunks which is ready to spring out once the smoke clears. It throws around gasoline. Yes, you got that correct. It contains a kind of oil that is so flammable that the trees can actually explode when they catch fire and when it dries out; it covers the ground like a super-flammable carpet. Also, the trees produce a bluish-gray cloud of evaporated gas that is actually threat-full.