telegraph plant

  1. 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

Words Nearby telegraph plant Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use telegraph plant in a sentence

  • Portion of stem and leaves of Telegraph-plant (Desmodium gyrans), almost of natural size.

  • I have found identical antagonistic reactions in the pulsating tissue of Desmodium gyrans, the telegraph plant.

    Life Movements in Plants | Sir Jagadis Chunder Bose

British Dictionary definitions for telegraph plant

telegraph plant

  1. 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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