The Dancing Plant (Codariocalyx motorius)

You know that age-old idea that if you play music for a plant, they are more likely to grow to be taller and healthier? Well, in this case, it actually holds some semblance of fact. So let's check out this odd plant and see what we can learn from it!





Physical Description and Behavior


The first thing to note about this plant is its behavior. Yes, its behavior. When you play music, or really just any sound, this plant starts to move its leaves. While the smaller leaves move around constantly throughout the day, when music is played, these little leaves rev up the speed, making it look like it is dancing to the music.


Now, this does not mean that these plants can "hear," per se, just that they can pick up on certain auditory stimuli, such as a caterpillar eating their leaves, and respond in kind. The Dancing Plant moves the way it does probably as a defense mechanism. The moving leaves may cause insects that might eat the plant to think that it is occupied, and therefore pass it by.


When it comes to the physical description of these plants, there is not too much to top being able to dance. They are a perennial plant that can grow as tall as 4 feet. It also blooms a beautiful set of purple flowers, which makes it a great addition to any garden.


Habitat and Location





This plant is native to Asia, and can mainly be found there as well. Locations where this plant grows include India, China, Bangladesh, Laos, Malaysia, Taiwan, Pakistan, and more! It is a common house plant which, sometimes, is used as a kind of herbal remedy in traditional medicines in the cultures of the area.


If you want to know more about this plant, and even see it in action, check out the video below!




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