Desmodium Gyrans - Seed Codariocalyx motorius

In the silent ballet of nature, let the Desmodium gyrans
orchestrate a symphony of movements, revealing the hidden mysteries of
plant world.

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Desmodium Gyrans - “dancing plant” seeds

Desmodium Gyrans - “dancing plant” seeds

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Welcome to Legba , your gateway to the fascinating world of rare and atypical plants. Today, we invite you to discover Desmodium gyrans , an exceptional plant which perfectly embodies the symbiosis between the visible and the invisible in the plant kingdom.

Botanical Description

Desmodium gyrans, also known as the "telegraph plant" or "dancing plant", belongs to the Fabaceae family. Native to tropical regions of Asia and Africa, this amazing plant is renowned for its ability to perform rapid movements in response to external stimuli, a phenomenon known as nyctinastia. Its small leaves can oscillate autonomously, which has fascinated scientists and botany enthusiasts around the world.

Culture Guide

Desmodium gyrans seeds require special care to flourish:

  • Germination : Sow the seeds in a light, well-drained substrate. Maintain constant humidity without saturating the soil.
  • Light : Prefer exposure to indirect light or partial shade, avoiding direct sun which could damage young shoots.
  • Temperature : The plant thrives in a warm environment, with temperatures between 20°C and 25°C.
  • Watering : Water moderately, allowing the soil to dry slightly between waterings.

Benefits and Uses

Desmodium gyrans is not only a botanical curiosity; it is also studied for its potential medicinal benefits, particularly in the field of herbal medicine. Although research is still in the preliminary stages, the plant is traditionally used in some cultures for its anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties.

Why Choose Legba?

By choosing Desmodium gyrans seeds from Legba, you are not only choosing a unique plant but also an enriching experience. We offer you the opportunity to delve into the originality and richness of the botanical world, in harmony with our values ​​of transmission and curiosity.

Join Our Community

We invite all botany enthusiasts, from curious amateurs to seasoned experts, to discover the magic of Desmodium gyrans. Buy your seeds today and share your experience with the Legba community, where the visible meets the invisible, and every plant has a story to tell.

Shipping info (size, period...)

Quality Packaging: We take care to package your Desmodium Gyrans seeds in airtight doypack bags ,
thus guaranteeing their freshness and viability until sowing.
These specially designed packages protect the seeds from moisture
and light, preserving their optimal quality.

Authentic Provenance: To offer you the best seeds, we select those which essentially come from our mother plant . This approach allows us to guarantee the purity and genetic quality of every seed you receive.

Quantity Options:
Whether you are a beginner hobbyist or an experienced gardener, we
offer our seeds in sachets adapted to your needs: choose
between quantities of 10, 50 or more on request to start your cultivation of Desmodium Gyrans.

Flexible Delivery Methods:

  • Tracked Letter: For orders containing only seeds, we ship by tracked letter , allowing you to easily track your order until receipt.
  • Expanded Options:
    If your order includes other items or if you prefer a
    different shipping method, we also offer the possibility
    shipping via Colissimo or Point Relais , for increased flexibility and convenience.

Our goal is to provide you not only with seeds of the best
quality, but also a smooth and reassuring shipping experience. If
you have questions about shipping or need assistance
To choose the option that suits you best, do not hesitate to contact us.

Seeds are available from September to February.

Detailed Description and Benefits

Botanical Description

Desmodium gyrans belongs to the Fabaceae family, which includes plants mainly known for their pods, such as beans and peas. This family is diverse and includes species ranging from trees to herbaceous plants. Desmodium gyrans is a perennial plant in the tropics, but is often grown as an annual in temperate climates due to its sensitivity to cold. It usually grows alone but can be grouped together to create a denser visual effect. Its unique leaf movements make it a fascinating and educational house or garden plant

Benefits, uses:

The benefits and uses of Desmodium gyrans are mainly
linked to scientific and educational interest due to its movements
unique leaves. Although there are no medicinal benefits
widely recognized for this plant, it is often used as
indoor or teaching plant to illustrate the movements of
plants in response to environmental stimuli.

How to cultivate it? Growing guide

Sowing Guide

  • Preparing the seeds : Soak them in lukewarm water for 24 hours to encourage germination.
  • Sowing : Sow shallowly in well-drained potting soil, maintaining moisture without saturation.
  • Temperature : A constant temperature of 20°C to 25°C is ideal for germination. A heating mat may be helpful.
  • Germination time : Patience is required, as germination can take several weeks.

Growth and Maintenance

  • Exposure : Desmodium gyrans appreciates indirect light or partial shade and warm temperatures.
  • Watering : Regular watering is necessary, allowing the substrate to dry slightly between two waterings to prevent root rot.
  • Hardiness : Protect the plant from the cold, as it is sensitive to frost.

Under optimal conditions, flowers and seeds may appear
a few months after planting, generally at the end of summer or in
fall in warm climates. For successful flowering and
seed production, keep the plant at a minimum temperature
around 10°C.

Pests and Diseases

Inspect plants regularly for signs of aphids or spider mites and intervene if necessary with ecological solutions.

Did you know? (Discover exciting stories!)

  1. Name and Discovery : The name "Desmodium gyrans" refers to its unique leaf movements. Discovered by scientists for its ability to “dance”, it has long fascinated botanists.
  2. Charles Darwin : Charles Darwin studied this plant in his work on plant movements, highlighting its exceptional responsiveness.
  3. Symbolism : Although specific to tribes or cultures, the movement of this plant could symbolize adaptability and sensitivity to the environment

4. Plant Communication : Some believe that the movements of Desmodium gyrans may be a form of communication or response to neighboring plants.

5. Nyctinastia phenomenon : Its movements are often more pronounced at dusk and dawn, a phenomenon known as nyctinastia.

6. The potential of Desmodium gyrans in herbal medicine is not widely documented, unlike other plants better known for their medicinal properties.

7. Its movements are often compared to those of Mimosa pudica, but they are caused by variations in the turgor of the plant's cells, responding to stimuli like light and temperature, rather than by a rapid defense mechanism.


Q: What is Desmodium gyrans?
A: Desmodium gyrans, also known as the "dancing plant", is a fascinating tropical plant known for its leaf movements in response to environmental stimuli.

Q: How to grow Desmodium gyrans seed?
A: To grow this plant, you must scarify the seeds or soak them in lukewarm water before sowing them in well-drained soil and maintain a temperature of 20-25°C.

Q: Why do Desmodium gyrans leaves move?
A: Its leaves move in response to changes in light and temperature, thanks to variations in turgor in its cells.

Q: Can Desmodium gyrans communicate with other plants?
A: Although its exact role in communication between plants remains to be explored, it is studied for its responsiveness to environmental stimuli, suggesting potential for interplant communication.

Q: Can Desmodium gyrans be grown anywhere?
A: With the proper heat and light conditions, Desmodium gyrans can be grown in a variety of environments, but it prefers warm climates and bright interiors.

Q: What is the germination rate of Desmodium gyrans seeds?
A: Germination rate varies, but techniques like scarifying or soaking seeds can improve germination.

Q: How long does it take for Desmodium gyrans seedlings to appear?
A: Germination of Desmodium gyrans seeds can take several weeks, requiring patience and optimal conditions.

Q: How do I know if Desmodium gyrans seeds have been stored correctly?
A: Properly stored seeds are dry, intact, and without signs of mold or deterioration.

Further information

At Legba, our passion for botany translates into ethical and sustainable cultivation of Desmodium gyrans. We adopt a cultivation method that promotes the natural balance between beneficials and pests, eliminating the need for chemical and even biological products. By using exclusively rainwater for irrigation, we ensure healthy and environmentally friendly growth for each Desmodium gyrans seed, reflecting our commitment to the preservation of biodiversity and the transmission of ecological knowledge.

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