Yes, dancing… the plant Desmodium gyrans as well known as Telegraph or dancer is a expert dancing with real instruments, yes only real instruments as she doesn’t like electronic devices, a clasic plant let’s say.

The plant is native to Asia, easy to raise from seed it will soon make a small shrub, but it is not hardy, preferring indoor temperatures of 22 to 35*C (71 to 95*F). The soil must be kept consistently moist, without drying out between watering. The perfect place for this plant is a light shade, since a direct sun is far too strong for its delicate nature.
The foliage is very simple; it has a very airy look to it with delicate stems that bear the leaves. It is a fascinating plant, perfect for children to grow and have fun with, the plants really do ‘dance’ in their own way.

A study done in 1998 says the movements are caused by the swelling and shrinking of motor cells in special organs buried deep within the leaves. The movement of water molecules causes the motor cells in the leaves to shrink or swell and, as the water enters and exits, the plant’s leaflets twitch. Experts say there is no particular sound it reacts to, though some believe that it does not respond well to electronic sounds. (as I said before).

Members of this genus are among the few plants capable of rapid movement. As far as we know the only four plants that show any leaf sensitivity movements are: Desmodium gyrans, Mimosa pudica the sensitive plant, Venus Fly Trap, and Averrhoa carambola the star fruit tree. These types of movements have been termed seismonastic movements. Darwin believed, the movements shook water droplets from its leaves following a heavy rainfall.

A study done in 1998 says the movements are caused by the swelling and shrinking of motor cells in special organs buried deep within the leaves. The movement of water molecules causes the motor cells in the leaves to shrink or swell and, as the water enters and exits, the plant’s leaflets twitch. Experts say there is no particular sound it reacts to, though some believe that it does not respond well to electronic sounds.

All these studies started with the goal of proving more information and to prove that plants have a system to comunicate between themselves. There are different ways like using the air to transport their chemicals to inform any danger to the next plant or by using the roots as mushrooms; this article may bring more details too.

So known when you see your mom talking to the plants you may joing her and dance together 😉

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