2. Plant TropismsWhen you hear the word tropism, what do you think of?
3. Maybe it reminds you of the words tropical island
4. Or Tropicalrainforest ?
5. Or maybe youre 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!
6. 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
7. Like a 7th-graders attitude, a tropism can be positive or negative I better hurry up and get this report finished..then Ill have more time for math Forget that book problems! report, Im going to IM my friends all night! POSITIVE NEGATIVE
8. 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
9. This is known as phototropism
10. 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).
11. This plant is on its side, and the shoots still grow upward!
12. 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
13. Length of Day short-day plants flower when night length is long long-day plants flower when night length is short
14. 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
15. 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
16. 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 theyre usually hidden by the green chlorophyll, but they are always present