The Movements and Habits of Climbing Plants

Author: Charles Darwin

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This book was first printed in 1875, although the text originally appeared as an essay in the 9th volume of the Journal of the Linnean Society. One of the purposes of its writing was to produce evidence for his theory of natural selection.

Darwin devoted much time to the study of plants, concentrating on a particular type of climber, and also set in motion several experiments to explore their development in an evolutionary context.

Among the conclusions of The Movements and Habits of Climbing Plants is that the habit of spontaneous revolving of stems and tips has evolved in many groups of plants to obtain light and to achieve a greater support. To which Darwin asserted that plants acquire and display their power of movement only when it is advantageous to them.


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