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Codariocalyx Motorius Desmodium Gyrans Telegraph Plant Seeds
Nice big packet of 20+ seeds, plenty to give you a few plants.
Know by a whole heap of names over the years.
Codariocalyx motorius, Desmodium gyrans, Hedysarum motorium, Hedysarum gyrans, Desmodium gyrans, Desmodium roylei, Pseudarthria gyrans, Meibomia gyrans, Desmodium motorium, telegraph plant, semaphore plant, dancing plant, thozhukanni, praanajeewa, and dancing grass, despite it not even being a grass at all.
It is native to most of Asia, and can be found growing wild in Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Jamaica, Laos, Malaysia, Martinique, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam and in the early 19th century it was grown commercially on a large scale in Mauritius.
Darwin was a big fan of it, doing many studies concerning light and water induced movement.
That’s right, movement, this plant moves all by itself!
It doesn’t bop around like something out of “The little shop of horrors”.
But it does move when you clap your hands or play music or walk past, or water it.
It closes its leaves, or opens them out and slowly rotates them whenever something stimulates the tiny pair of hairs at the base of the leaf.
These act like sensors, and depending what the stimulation is, the plant reacts accordingly.
Pretty cool hey!
Easy to grow, but as the seeds themselves are very hard they do take a while to pop. Soaking overnight in warm water or scarification speeds things up, but I just did this Takeaway container method.
Like Mimosa pudica, Charles Darwin wrote extensively about it in his famous book “The Power of Movement in Plants” and the internet tells me Telegraph plant it contains small amounts of tryptamine alkaloids in its leaves, stems and roots, namely DMT and 5-MeO-DMT.
If you are after something different, something a bit out of the ordinary, you would be hard pressed to find better than a plant that moves I reckon?
Grown by me and the Mrs organically, no chems, no nasties, no problems!!!