The Cabaret of Plants
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Experiments undertaken to discover why the leaves of Mimosa pudica fold up on contact appeared to reveal that the plant has the capacity to learn and remember whether a disturbance can be safely ignored. Such investigations are the stuff of this celebration of plant life by the acclaimed nature writer Richard Mabey. From prehistoric cave art to discoveries of startling tropical plants in the 19th century, Mabey explores the bewildering variety and complexity of plants and our relationship with them.