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Here's the Calathea Sanderiana at night, with the plant slimming and leaves pointing upwards. This change happens every night, it happens fairly quickly so you sometimes see the leaves rustle into place.
hammerbrook tipped:
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1 year ago
The leaves touching the window dont move, but the rest do and it's definitely the coolest part about these plants.
rlcreate tipped:
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1 year ago
rlcreate replied:
Really cool, maybe the leaves nearest the window follow the moonlight so don't close up at night. And I definitely agree with the leaves closing being the coolest part about them!
Do you know why it does that?
rlcreate replied:
It's like a day/night sleep cycle, it opens in the day to get as much sunlight as possible, then closes at night. But as to an actual reason for it I'm not sure, I've tried to find out but it just seems to be an evolutionary process. There's a few plants that do this and can be known as prayer plants, as they almost close in prayer. This one is a rainforest plant so it could be that they point up at night to follow any light coming through the trees.
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1 year ago
joexcomics replied:
Was gonna say, seems like a waste of energy but yeah obviously does it for a reason. That makes sense! Very interesting plant!