sensitive plant


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

Examples of sensitive plant in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For her, the chance to save one of Utah’s approximately 300 sensitive plant species is worth it. The Salt Lake Tribune, 31 Oct. 2020 Another good ground cover, but with pink blooms, is the native mimosa or sensitive plant. Tom Maccubbin,, 5 Sep. 2020 Any sensitive plants should be covered or taken inside overnight to prevent frost damage, Wood said. Sophie Carson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 8 May 2020 Smith advises homeowners to remember pipes that could potentially freeze and rupture as well as covering sensitive plants. Chelsea Hofmann, azcentral, 3 Feb. 2020 Last week, Victor Cooper, a former forest ranger in northern Australia, lit a wad of shaggy bark to demonstrate the type of fire that burns at temperatures low enough to avoid damage to sensitive plants that are crucial food for animals. Thomas Fuller, New York Times, 16 Jan. 2020 In addition to having Insulate, blankets or other fabric ready for covering freeze-sensitive plants when a freeze is predicted, also have heat sources available for temperatures below 26 degrees. Calvin Finch,, 5 Dec. 2019 Similar value is derived from leaving esperanza, poinciana, firebush and other cold-sensitive plants after the tops freeze. Calvin Finch,, 12 Dec. 2019 Tropical hibiscus and most of the other cold-sensitive plants in containers do require light in addition to above-freezing temperatures in their storage situation. Calvin Finch,, 21 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of sensitive plant

1640, in the meaning defined above

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“Sensitive plant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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