"Pudica" is the Latin word for "shy" or "bashful," which is an apt description of the sensitive "Touch-Me-Not." Native to South and Central America, this shade-lover often grows as a weed under trees and shrubs. It is popular among collectors as a specimen plant worldwide, because of its unique sensitivity to touch.
The foliage retracts when touched to prevent consumption by herbivores, and it also exhibits nyctinastic movement, meaning circadian rhythms affect the leaves to close at night, and re-open during the day.
This trait is present in many other members of the legume family as well.
You can buy seeds for this plant and grow it yourself:
I’m really thankful I was able to get vaccinated against chicken pox, because I know I would have scratched like crazy and ended up with about a million scars
Chicken Pox actually rarely leaves scars.
seriously? don’t they tell you not to scratch too much or else it’ll scar?
Nah. I scratched like crazy when I had them, and so did my brother. They’re essentially just scabs. I’ve had blackheads leave more of a mark on my skin
I’ve been lied to my entire life hahah
Oh I thought they said not to scratch because it’ll make it worse? When I got them I was trying reallyyyy hard not to scratch vov plus that episode of Dexter didn’t help me lol -Mandy
Generally scratching at anything your body is either trying to fight or heal is a bad idea.
I have a few chicken pox scars, though it turns out one of them is actually a third nipple.
And it does sound a little strange to hear about people being vaccinated and never getting chicken pox. Everyone getting it as little kids is just so normal, except that, ya know, it’s awful.
My Mom warned me they’d leave scars so naturally I scratched as much as possible. (I was 5 or so. Scars were cool) I still have this little one in the center of my chest.