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February 19, 2016

Boquila trifoliolata:

The Sneaky Life of the World’s Most Mysterious Plant Boquila feels more like a cuttlefish or an octopus; it can morph into at least eight basic shapes. When it glides up a bush or tree that it’s never encountered before, it can still mimic what’s near. And that’s the wildest part: It doesn’t have to touch what it copies. It only has to be nearby. Most mimicry in the animal kingdom involves physical contact. But this plant can hang—literally hang—alongside a host tree, with empty space between it and its model, and, with no eyes, nose, mouth, or brain, it can “see” its neighbor and copy what it has “seen.”

Posted by gerardvanderleun at February 19, 2016 10:00 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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