sensitive plant

noun

Definition of sensitive plant

: any of several mimosas (especially Mimosa pudica) with leaves that fold or droop when touched broadly : a plant responding to touch with movement

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The agency argues its plan is the surefire way to eradicate the mice, which feed on sensitive plants, seeds, bird eggs and sometimes birds themselves. Will Houston, The Mercury News, "Bay Area critics decry Fed’s plan to use banned rodent poison on Farallon Islands," 8 July 2019 Introduced to the islands by ships during the 19th century, the house mice have been munching up the seed bank of sensitive plants, thus making room for invasive plants to thrive. Will Houston, The Mercury News, "‘Like dropping a nuclear bomb on this island’: Feds delay Farallon Islands poison airdrop bid," 11 July 2019 Other life forms there are burrowing owls, the Farallon camel cricket, the Farallon arboreal salamander and several sensitive plant species. Will Houston, The Mercury News, "Bay Area critics decry Fed’s plan to use banned rodent poison on Farallon Islands," 8 July 2019 These lower temperatures can impact heat sensitive plants and pests. Jen Christensen, CNN, "Veggie farmers lower the surface temperature, but they're not a climate cure-all," 2 July 2019 But already, many sensitive plants, including Saguaro cacti and Palo Verde trees, have been scorched, said Mary Lata, fire ecologist for the Tonto National Forest. Brieanna J. Frank, azcentral, "As Woodbury Fire continues, Tonto National Forest officials assess damage to native vegetation," 24 June 2019 Check the downspout outlet to make sure the water is being directed away from sensitive plants. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, "It's that dreary. Louisville has seen 30+ inches of rain so far this year," 21 June 2019 This plant's behavior has earned it a lot of nicknames: sleepy plant, sensitive plant, touch-me-not. Tainaya Nash, House Beautiful, "This Plant Moves When You Touch It," 8 June 2019 To grow your own, start seeds of this frost-sensitive plant indoors six to eight weeks before the average last-frost date or buy transplants, which are increasingly available at nurseries and by mail order. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow Hundreds of Ground Cherries," 31 July 2018

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1640, in the meaning defined above

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