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THE SENSITIVE PLANT:


A Magic Show at Your Fingertips
by Liana

Mahoney

Sensitive people are everywhere. Some have sensitive feet,


or skin. Others may have a hard time laughing at their own mistakes. Perhaps you live with someone like this. But can you imagine living with a sensitive plant

!ry this. "old your hand in front of you with your palm side up, and your fingers spread apart. Now, imagine that your hand is a green plant stem, and each of your fingers a leaf. #se your other hand to touch your leaf fingers. One at a time, close each leaf finger, until you have made a fist. $uickly drop your hand down to your leg. %ait a little while, then slowly &ring your hand &ack to its original position. !hat wasn't so hard, right But you're a person( Sensitive plants are easy to grow inside your house. !hey simply need to get plenty of water and sunlight. But touching the plant too often can cause the plant to lose its leaves. + sensitive plant that loses many of its leaves may &ecome unhealthy.

)magine &ehaving like this as a plant( "aving such a uni/ue plant in your house is like having a )t's *ust this kind of &ehavior that has earned the sensitive plant its name. Brush your fingers gently across the leaves of the sensitive plant, and the leaves instantly fold up like tiny green fingers. !he stems, called petioles, droop as if ready to fall off the plant. +&out ten minutes later, the leaves reopen, and the petioles rise again( !he unusual &ehavior of this houseplant has earned it other common names, such as the ,hum&le plant- and the ,touch.me. not.magic show at your fingertips. )magine the fun you can have introducing a friend to your plant( "ave your friend lean close to the plant to tell it a *oke. !hen instruct your plant to &e the *udge of your friend's *oke. 0ive your plant a gentle nudge, and watch your friend's reaction as the plant seems to nod in disapproval. Be sure to tell your friend the true cause of the plant's &ehavior later, though. 1ou don't want your friend to &ecome overly sensitive a&out his *okes(

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THE SENSITIVE PLANT:


A Magic Show at Your Fingertips
by Liana

Mahoney

1.

%hat makes a sensitive plant a very unusual type of plant


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"ow long does it take the leaves of a sensitive plant to fold up after they've &een touched a. a&out ten minutes c. a&out ten seconds b. a&out two minutes d. they fold instantly

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)f you have a sensitive plant inside your house, why shouldn't you touch it too often _________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________

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"ow long does it take a sensitive plant's leaves to reopen after they've folded up _________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________

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%hat two other names is the sensitive plant commonly known &y _________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________

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sensitive plant on the )nternet.
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THE SENSITIVE PLANT:


A Magic Show at Your Fingertips
by Liana

Mahoney

1.

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3.

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sensitive plant on the )nternet.
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