do plants sleep?

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Offline kdlynn

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do plants sleep?
« on: 10/06/2007 04:39:35 »
all animals sleep... but what about plants?

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« Reply #1 on: 10/06/2007 05:07:36 »
Pond lillies close up at night as do other flowers so I believe they do.. at least some of them in a manner of speakjing.

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« Reply #2 on: 10/06/2007 13:51:06 »
It depends on your definition of sleep. For people it's certainly a state of being unconscious. That would mean that plants are asleep all the time.
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« Reply #3 on: 10/06/2007 16:15:38 »
It would also mean that plants are "awake" - as they have no CNS I don't think that any sort of sentience can be credited, and perhaps "dormant" might be a better word.

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« Reply #4 on: 10/06/2007 17:22:58 »
Plants lay dormant during certain times of the year so in some respects yes you could say they sleep.

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« Reply #5 on: 10/06/2007 17:37:03 »
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« Reply #6 on: 10/06/2007 17:47:21 »
Yes it was a good question Kadie!

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« Reply #7 on: 11/06/2007 08:09:54 »
I would in general agree with ukmicky, but it really depends on the semantics of "sleep". This often occurs in the use of words that describe a human condition when they are applied to a non-human form - an anthropomorphism. Under no circumstances can a plant be said to go from an "awake" state to an "asleep" state - (I'm picturing a snoring forest) - but in the absence of any other common word to describe either the diurnal transition or the winter "hibernation" (in a temporate zone), then sleep is as good a word as any. BUT - it is definately not sleep in the way that we experience it.