I came across this video on Facebook where a plant closes its leaves when touched. Unfortunately the video does not mention the name of this plant.

What's the name of this plant, and where can I see it?

crazy plant

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    Sep 22, 2013 at 22:09
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  • $\begingroup$ Read some of the old, amazing works by J. C. Bose on this-plant here:gutenberg.org/files/48280/48280-h/48280-h.htm $\endgroup$
    – user25568
    Aug 10, 2016 at 12:06
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    $\begingroup$ It is quite common weed in India $\endgroup$
    – user25568
    Aug 10, 2016 at 12:07
  • $\begingroup$ It belong to family Fabaceae (pea-allied) and subfamily Mimosoideae (Acacia-allied). Most of the plant under this subfamily are shrubs to big trees whereas this one (M. pudica) is small, undershrub. $\endgroup$
    – user25568
    Aug 10, 2016 at 12:12

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It is a Mimosa pudica, a wonderful plant. According to wikipedia you can find it in the following places:

Mimosa pudica is native to South America and Central America. It has been introduced to many other regions and is regarded as an invasive species in Tanzania, South Asia and South East Asia and many Pacific Islands. It is regarded as invasive in parts of Australia and is a declared weed in the Northern Territory, and Western Australia although not naturalized there. Control is recommended in Queensland. It has also been introduced to Nigeria, Seychelles, Mauritius and East Asia but is not regarded as invasive in those places. In the United States of America, it grows in Florida, Hawaii, Virginia, Maryland, Puerto Rico, Texas, and the Virgin Islands.

If you think that's impressive, look at this video of Dionaea muscipula the venus fly trap:


  • $\begingroup$ Wow that is far more impressive and scary :D Looked like a horror movie. $\endgroup$
    – Vikas
    Jan 12, 2022 at 13:52

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