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telegraph plant

a tick trefoil, Desmodium motorium, of the legume family, native to tropical Asia, noted for the spontaneous, jerking, signallike motions of its leaflets.
Origin of telegraph plant
First recorded in 1880-85 Unabridged
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  • I have found identical antagonistic reactions in the pulsating tissue of Desmodium gyrans, the telegraph plant.

    Life Movements in Plants Sir Jagadis Chunder Bose
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telegraph plant

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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