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What does it mean to be sensitive? It can mean lots of
different things. Being sensitive can mean that you
understand about feelings. It can mean that you can feel the
grain in wood with your fingertips. It also means that you
feel it when something or somebody touches your hand. Do you
suppose that plants can be sensitive?

There is a plant, usually a shrub or tree, called Mimosa
(pronounced "mim-oh-sah") that is also called "Sensitive
Plant." The reason for this is that it is sensitive to being
touched. We have a young mimosa which was obtained from a
nursery, still in its pot, but ready to be planted outside.
Watch closely, while I touch the leaves, very gently, with a
pencil tip. See how they fold together and droop?

Notice the time now, and we'll check the mimosa every hour to
see how long it takes it to open its leaves like they were
before I touched them.

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