The mimosa pudica plant grows wild all over Goa. It’s also known as touch me not & it’s konkani name literally translates to ‘shy bride’. Why, you ask?
Here are two pictures I took of the same mimosa plant a couple of months ago in Goa, just seconds apart!
The mimosa plant has a curious defense mechanism- a strong gust of wind or a light touch causes the leaves to rapidly shut. (In this case, I jostled them as I wanted them all shut). This is presumably so that they appear dead when grazing cows/goats try to eat them. They open on their own, five minutes later.
We learnt about this plant is sixth or seventh grade science, I was so smug as I knew all about them due to frequent Goa trips since I was a kid. I still ‘play’ with them wherever I find them.