Noli me Tangere
Touch me not. The words Christ used to Mary Magdalene after His
resurrection. It is the motto of the Order of the Thistle. A plant of
the genus impatiens. The seed vessels consist of one cell in
five divisions, and when the seed is ripe each of these, on being
touched, suddenly folds itself into a spiral form and leaps from the
stalk. (See Darwin Loves of the Plants, ii. 3.)
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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