Imaginary Anatomy Series # 4
Plants, according to Jack C Schultz, “are just very slow animals”. They hunt for food, evade enemies, fight for territory and even have senses. Certain plants respond to the sound of caterpillars ‘munching’ with chemical defenses. The Venus Fly Trap responds to touch by closing its trap, capturing prey that it bated with irresistible scents (for a bug.) It could be argued that, in a way, plants can “see.” Through photosynthesis, they respond to light. They even communicate with one another through their roots, sending and receiving a variety of chemical cues.