Or maybe you’re just a tired student who is sick of hearing about plants and just wants a stinking answer?!?! I swear, if she makesme take notes on plants again, I will throw thisbook at the wall and run for the hills!
So here are the facts…• Plant tropisms – Plants respond to an environmental stimulus by growing in a particular direction – Growth in response to a stimulus is called a tropism
• Like a 7th-grader’s attitude, a tropism can be positive or negative I better hurry up and get this report finished..then I’ll have more time for math Forget that book problems! report, I’m going to IM my friends all night! POSITIVE NEGATIVE
• Light Tropism – When you place a houseplant so that it gets light from only one direction, such as a window, what happens? – You may have noticed that the plant will start bending towards the light
• Gravity Tropism – Plant growth also changes in response to the direction of gravity – This change is called gravitropism – If a plant is placed on its side or turned upside down, the shoot tips have a negative gravitropism (away from the center of the Earth) and the roots have a positive gravitropism (towards center of Earth).
This plant is on its side, and the shoots still grow upward!
Seasonal Changes• Plants living in regions with cold winters can detect changes in seasons because the days get shorter and nights get longer• The opposite happens when spring and summer approach• Plants respond to the change in the length of day
Length of Day– short-day plants flower when night length is long– long-day plants flower when night length is short
Seasons and Leaf Loss– Evergreen trees shed some of their leave year-round so that some leaves are always on the tree • leaves are often covered with a thick cuticle to protect leaves from cold and dry weather
– Deciduous trees lose all of their leaves around the same time each year (either cold or dry season) • loss of leaves helps plants survive low temperatures or long periods without rain
Seasons and Leaf Color– leaves of deciduous trees may change color before they are lost– as fall approaches, green chlorophyll breaks down and orange and yellow pigments are revealed– they’re usually hidden by the green chlorophyll, but they are always present