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sensitive plant

Also called humble plant. a tropical American plant, Mimosa pudica, cultivated in greenhouses, having bipinnate leaves whose leaflets fold together when touched.
any of various other plants that are sensitive to touch.
Origin of sensitive plant
1650-60 Unabridged
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  • Ozone, for example, causes foliar injury and reduced growth in some sensitive plant species.
  • State funds are used to protect habitat areas that are home to sensitive plant and wildlife species.
  • The park does have rare and sensitive plant species.
  • Two sensitive plant species are found there in addition to a host of more common native plants.
British Dictionary definitions for sensitive plant

sensitive plant

a tropical American mimosa plant, Mimosa pudica, the leaflets and stems of which fold if touched
any similar plant, such as the leguminous plant Cassia nictitans of E North America
(informal) a person who is easily upset
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