Flower power: How plants bounce back after crushing blows Scientists found that species including orchid and sweet pea could re-orient themselves in 10-48 hours after an injury
These plants are able to bend, twist and reposition their stems to ensure that they reproduce.
But others such as buttercups fail to bounce back after damage.
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The remarkable abilities of some flowers to recover quickly from serious injury, have been previously overlooked by science, say the authors of this new work.
Researchers looked at 23 native and cultivated flower species in the UK, Europe, Australia and North and South America.
For many flowers, their ability to reproduce depends on the careful alignment of their sexual organs or stigma and their nectar tubes in order for a visiting pollinator to help them make seeds.
The scientists found that when these species were damaged, they could accurately reposition their sexual organs.
“The common spotted orchid does it largely by just bending the main stem,” said Prof Scott Armbruster from the University of Portsmouth who led the research.Flower power: How plants bounce back after crushing blows