turgidity of cells


Plant cells have a cell wall that allows all materials to enter. It then has a semi-permeable membrane surrounding the cell’s cytoplasm. Plant cells are able to take in water and swell because the cell wall is strong enough to withstand the pressure within the cell. This pressure is called turgor pressure. As a result of turgor pressure the cell becomes firmer and stronger. Plant cells with the correct internal water pressure are said to be turgid. Plants with too little internal water are said to be flaccid.

A good example of this is a plant that is watered compared to a plant that is not watered. The non-watered plant will shrivel and will because it has lost itsTurgor pressure.

The loss of water from a plant is called plasmolysis. The cell then becomes plasmolysed. The cell on the right (below) is plasmolysed. Deplasmolysis is the process by which the cell become turgid by gaining water.


Turgor pressure, sounds dirty no?

All that fluid, swelling and life!

Flaccid, shrunken, losing shape.

I can relate, we’ve all been there!

One side is turgid, swollen and full.

The other flaccid, shrinking and loose.


No wonder people think farmers are dirty!

All that real soil and turgid talk of swelling!

We know full well what needs to swell and

what needs to stay flaccid, and when.

Turgid from the cellular level all the way

up to the heart and other parts of the farmer.


Can it be said of the spirit as well though?

That when we are full, living and alive,

that we have an energy that feeds and fills?

When we are dried up by circumstance

flaccid and drying husk against the strain

we find ourselves thirsting to be filled.


Not only farmers, though this they know,

everyone can become that cell full of

the waters of life, turgid, or they can fail

to thrive, to take up those waters and become

that flaccid thing, almost dying yet thirsting.

Reaching down with roots, up with leaves, for

life giving, soul redeeming, grace overflowing

purely and freely given water, perhaps The Water?


Samaritans at wells, and farmers gazing longingly

at skies  filled with  clouds turgid – waiting.

Waiting for more than just water, but for life.

Life swollen, turgid, and alive.

Life breathing breaths deep and wet.



For Real Toads…and for all the farmers and aggies and women at wells.





  1. Laurie Kolp said,

    May 11, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    Love this! Not only is this informative, but I got a laugh out of the beginning of your poem. Shame on my dirty mind! Thanks so much for participating.

    • shanyns said,

      May 11, 2012 at 3:56 pm

      It was great fun, so glad you enjoyed the read! 🙂

  2. May 11, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    A certain amount of turgidity is necessary for life to thrive.

  3. Helen said,

    May 11, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    I am going to surmise we ‘all went there’ when we began reading your (amazing) poem. I know I did. This was really great!

    • shanyns said,

      May 11, 2012 at 6:01 pm

      Glad you did ‘go there’ would have been a shame to do all that leading to find no one followed! So pleased you enjoyed the poem.

      • May 11, 2012 at 6:36 pm

        I followed!!! What an enjoyable delving in, Shanyn!!! I love this portion:
        “When we are dried up by circumstance

        flaccid and drying husk against the strain

        we find ourselves thirsting to be filled.”

        Such a turgidly plump offering today!!! 🙂

      • shanyns said,

        May 11, 2012 at 8:11 pm

        Hannah – thanks! It was a fun write once I found inspiration at Google Images, and then it flowed. So glad you enjoyed it.

  4. May 11, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    LOL It was good fun and yes, very informative too. All this swelling and swollen and flaccid… LOL Nice write Shanyn 🙂

    • shanyns said,

      May 11, 2012 at 6:01 pm

      Glad you enjoyed it, it was fun and educational! So good to see you here!

  5. Mama Zen said,

    May 11, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    And, women at wells . . . yes!

    • shanyns said,

      May 11, 2012 at 8:11 pm

      it seems always women at wells…so glad you are here! 🙂

  6. isadoragruye said,

    May 12, 2012 at 3:26 am

    a little biology….a little cock referencing…a lot of fun. viva la

    • shanyns said,

      May 12, 2012 at 3:41 am

      😉 it is farming after all can’t have that without either of those! Glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for stopping by.

  7. Shawna said,

    May 12, 2012 at 5:19 am

    This is my favorite line: “Life breathing breaths deep and wet.”

    • shanyns said,

      May 21, 2012 at 7:45 pm

      Shawna – so glad you enjoyed it. I kinda liked that one too 🙂 Thanks for coming over to visit!

  8. Marian said,

    May 12, 2012 at 1:02 pm


  9. May 12, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    ooo, I love it, especially the closing stanza…….this is a GREAT response to the prompt.

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