Unwinding the Cucumber Tendril Mystery

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Watching a cucumber plant grow is way more interesting than you’d think, especially when it's sped up. In this video, we get a close look at the physics of the tendrils that cucumbers use to grab onto supports. I spend some of my gardening time trying to “help” tendrils catch the support I build for it, with mixed results. They seem to have it pretty well figured out on their own. Biologist Roger Hangarter has a website called Plants-In-Motion, where you can see many different time-lapse movies of plants. -via Laughing Squid

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Alan, if you are seeing the wrong video, try isolating the post by clicking on the title. Sometimes YouTube scrambles the order when a blog has several videos on the same page, especially if you have left the site and hit the "back" button.

The embedded video is the correct one, but it may be showing up wrong in some cases.
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