Chilean botanists have discovered a chameleon liana

An amazing feature of the woody liana Boquila trifoliolata is that its leaves completely mimic the shape, color, size and spatial orientation of the leaves of the tree on which it lives. It is interesting that the hanging part of the vine outside the trunk has its own "native" leaves.

According to Chilean botanists, this is how the plant protects itself from natural enemies - herbivorous insects, for example, leaf beetles. The mechanism of such a "parody" remains a mystery.

Scientists speculate that Boquila trifoliolata has the ability to metabolize the chemicals of the original plant, not just one, but several. In the scientific community, this ability is called mimetic polymorphism, which occurs among certain species of butterflies.