One of the limbs was going to fall over so one of the other limbs grabbed it to hold it up(it did end up falling because of a heavy tomato)
I've seen a petiolule (which I hope is the correct term: the stem of a leaflet) twist around another petiolule or perhaps rachis. It seems to happen at inconvenient times (inconvenient for me, not the plant).
But I'm real sure the leaflet and/or petiolule had no intention of supporting the other compound leaf ... cause I really don't think tomato plants can think ... let alone tomato leaves.
I assume it's a built-in tendency of the petiolule to curve around anything it touches. That sort of thing is common to vining plants. Think morning glory stems, cucumber tendrils, etc.
That sort of thing is common to vining plants.
Agree. Vines will curl around all sorts of things, anything they can reach. And as a breeze brings them into contact with another branch they will twist and snag anyway they can.
I don't know if this picture is clear but the plant is holding up the other branch. And I am very much aware leaves don't think.
It all goes back to Darwin's theory of "survival of the fitest." Tomato plants that are more errect get the most sun and therefore have a tendency to produce more and more viable seeds. This results in more survivability over time. These plants have developed a tendency to support their branches thus are more survivable.
Or, my own hypothesis is that the one holding up the other felt sorry for her and just tried to help. Don't laugh; there is no proof that tomato plants do not have feelings! You have to love them.
triffids? tap tap tap, is this thing on. Oh well, guess there no other old guys out there, or maybe it's just not that funny ;-/ Ed
Well I LAUGHED, anyway.
Carla in Sac
Yes, was going to reply to 'triffids...having watched the body snatchers last night..all those lively gardens in sci-fi....and here we are...the first time I saw a tomato horn worm I was sure it came from another planet...cheers to the season..; - > Martha Zucchini