Join the Unexplained Mysteries community today! It's free and setting up an account only takes a moment.
- Sign In or Create Account -
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
Still Waters

'Chameleon' Vine Discovered in Chile

3 posts in this topic

Move over, Sherlock Holmes. There is a new master of disguise - and a plant. Camouflage and mimicry are usually reserved for the animal realm.

Fewer examples of mimicry - or crypsis - are known for plants.

http://news.sciencem...iscovered-chile

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

This is pretty amazing, a plant, lacking eyes and thus having no visual cues, can mimic its host tree's leaves. Now mistletoe plants do this; they are partial parasites and often mimic their host trees, but they are connected to their hosts living tissue and probably pick up chemical signals directly from their host. The vine here is not a parasite as far as I can tell so without direct connection it somehow picks up on (perhaps) the chemical cues released into the environment by its host.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

When the vine climbs onto a tree’s branches, its versatile leaves can change their size, shape, color, orientation, and even the vein patterns to match the surrounding foliage

http://news.sciencemag.org/biology/2014/04/scienceshot-chameleon-vine-discovered-chile

pretty amazing.....

lets hope it does not need to change into concrete or dust, and hows it going to adjust to these new non native varieties?

In dealing with the issues of deforestation and the high demand for wood products, companies have begun planting non-native tree species such as the Radiata Pine, which now dominates throughout Chile.

wwf.panda.org/who_we_are/wwf_offices/chile/about_chile/threats/

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.