Codariocalyx Motorius 20 Seeds, Telegraph Dancing Plant, Desmodium gyrans

The Plant Attraction


Codariocalyx Motorius
Also known as: Desmodium gyrans, Telegraph Dancing Plant, Semaphore

This here is a fascinating interesting shrub species in the legume family, Fabaceae. Originating from tropical and subtropical Asia. This perennial plant was well known by the previous name Desmodium gyrans.

The most intriguing thing about this plant is that it has rapid plant movement—just like the Sensitive Plant and the Venus flytrap. It moves when exposed to sound, particularly high pitch (high frequency) sound waves, however the plant’s leaflets and leaves move in a peculiar fashion. The leaves move dramatically enough, and quick enough, to be reasonably observed the human eye. Touching the plants will not cause the move, as Mimosa pudica (the Sensitive Plant) does. Changing the amount of light will not typically affect the elliptical movement of the leaflets, but during the night, the leaves do droop downwards.

This low-maintenance, problem-free member of the pea family is usually grown indoors, surviving outdoors only in the warmest climates USDA zone 10-11. It is a vigorous grower that reaches heights of 2 to 4 feet at maturity. It prefers full sun if in clay soil, part-shade to full shade in sandy or loam soil. Seeds can take up to 90 days to germinate, so patience is needed.
Apart from ornamental value, the plant also has medical value, due to its leaves, stems and roots containing small amounts of tryptamine alkaloids, especially DMT and 5-MeO-DMT. Caution is advised as it can be toxic.

This offer is for 20 seeds.