Whippo, Craig W. Department of Natural Sciences, Dickinson State University, Dickinson, North Dakota.
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The various movements that enable whole plants or plant organs to change their orientation in response to environmental stimuli in order to execute specific functions. Plants are constantly in motion, but most plant movements occur slowly and are easily overlooked. Nevertheless, some plant movements occur very rapidly and are easily noticed, such as the leaf movements of the well-known Venus' flytrap (Dionaea muscipula) and mimosa sensitive plant (Mimosa pudica). Both living and dead plant tissues can display movement. See also: Cortex (plant); Plant; Plant evolution; Plant growth; Plant physiology; Plant tissue systems
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