Tuesday, October 24, 2017

A Plant That Moves [Daily Photo #572]

When I got a calathea plant I had no idea it'd be scratching walls and making rustling sounds spookily. =D Turns out, every day calatheas move their leaves up and down because why not, right? =D

“Calathea [...] closes its leaves at night and opens them again in the morning! This is the reason why Calathea is also called the ‘living plant’. The plant owes this ability to a small ‘joint’ between the leaf and stem. Light moves the joints and, as a result, Calathea’s leaves open and close – which is sometimes accompanied by a rustling sound.”

So, I took three photos of our calathea today:

A little after midnight.

Around noon.

In the evening.

Here are time-lapse videos of different calathea species moving during the day:

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