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MVSAT Dec 2023

Touch me not plant which shows seismonastic movement is a member of family
(A) Mimosaceae
(B) Myrtaceae
(C) Annonace
(D) Cruciferae

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Hint:Touch me not plant is also called sensitive plant, sleepy plant, action plant.This plant exhibits seismonastic movement.

 Complete Answer:
Mimosa pudica is also known as a sensitive plant because as it is touched by any organism, its leaves get folded by themselves and its stems get dropped. The leaves of this plant protect itself from the external environmental conditions or from any predator that can cause severe harm to the plant and they do so by folding their leaves against any touches (stimuli). These plants are mainly found on the soil which has low nutrient concentration. These plants are well-recognized for its rapid and swift movement. The leaves of these plants undergo modifications in the orientation of the leaves which is referred as nyctinastic movementThe roots of this plant contain endophytes and it tastes bitter and acrid. Roots of this plant are efficiently used in the treatment of dysentery, vaginal or uterine complications, leprosy, asthma and many others. These plants have been reported to have negligible toxicity towards the healthy cells of the human body. Furthermore, the liquid extracts from these plants are potentially utilized to heal issues of itching and pain majorly caused due to insect stings. These plants help to overcome the issues of allergic reactions and heal efficiently.Touch me not (Mimosa pudica), that exhibits seismonastic movement belongs to the family mimosaceae.

Hence the correct answer is option ‘A’.

Note: The seeds of Mimosa pudica are not poisonous. The plant leaves responses to the external stimuli (touch) based on the magnitude of the same. . These plants, either leaves or the whole plant, exhibit potential therapeutic activities and help in the treatment of eczema or wounds. These plants also exhibit superior anti-inflammatory and analgesic activities.