La`au Kana`ono Kumama`iwa.....69th Plant
Hilahila, Sensitive Plant
"Hilahila" means bashful or shy, and this is how the plant acts
when disturbed by touch. This thorny little American weed recoils
from tactile stimulus and "re-sets" within about 45 minutes.
My first plant memory was of this species, and I still remember
how intrigued I was by its movement. M. pudica has spread
over low-land Hawaii, and has become quite weedy.
Kekahi La`au Aku NO
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