Telegraph Plant Facts
- Telegraph Plant serves as the colloquial name given to the rather remarkable and impressive species bearing the scientific name of Codariocalyx motorius.
- As the Latin term motorius which forms part of its scientific name indicates, it also represents one of the few known plant species capable of comparatively rapid movement.
- In addition, the leaves also move with the sun, in order to maximize its use of the sun’s rays. They also do so rather quickly.
- The species was first described by Charles Darwin himself, in a publication in 1880.
- Its ability to move with the sun has led to its being commonly used in gardening.
Telegraph Plant Physical Characteristics
The Telegraph Plant remains renowned for the movement of its leaflets. These grow small and laterally shaped, and usually appear in large numbers.
During the day they commonly move rapidly enough to be observed with the naked eye. The closure time typically measures 3-5 minutes and happens due to its desire to follow the path of the sun.
The small flowers produced by the plant develop numerous in number, and a bright purple in color.
This plant also produces copious quantities of chemical compounds known as tryptamine alkaloids. These develop primarily in its leaves and roots.
Species: C. motorius
Telegraph Plant Distribution, Habitat, and Ecology
The unique Telegraph Plant also remains endemic to a rather swathe of tropical Asia.
The portions of Asia in which it occurs naturally include the countries of Bangladesh, Cambodia, Bhutan, China, India, and Thailand, to name a few.
The species also lives in the remote South Pacific chain of islands named the Society Islands.
Its native habitat consists primarily of rainforest, most especially in regions with loamy and sandy soil.