telegraph plant


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telegraph plant

n.
A tropical Asian plant (Codariocalyx motorius) in the pea family, having trifoliolate compound leaves whose two small lateral leaflets move by jerks in response to sunlight.
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telegraph plant

n
(Plants) a small tropical Asian leguminous shrub, Desmodium gyrans, having small leaflets that turn in various directions during the day and droop at night
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Noun1.telegraph plant - erect tropical Asian shrub whose small lateral leaflets rotate on their axes and jerk up and down under the influence of sunshinetelegraph plant - erect tropical Asian shrub whose small lateral leaflets rotate on their axes and jerk up and down under the influence of sunshine
Codariocalyx, genus Codariocalyx - used in some classifications for plants usually included in genus Desmodium
bush, shrub - a low woody perennial plant usually having several major stems
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Although the mimosa appears in Darwin's The Botanic Garden (1791), it was Bose who for the first time sought to make the touch-sensitive plant "speak", along with Codariocalyx motorius (the Indian Telegraph Plant), a plant that performed apparently spontaneous movement.
Its Belfast Telegraph plant's Goss Colorliners it will print the Daily Mirror for seven years.
The telegraph plant grows in the tropics of Asia and the South Pacific and its leaves flutter in the breeze but when the breeze stops, the leaves keep fluttering, rotating on their axis or jerking up and down.