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What are the categories of moving, "Sensitive Plants" that aren't carnivorous?

Aug 24, 2014
What are the categories of moving, "Sensitive Plants" that aren't carnivorous?

What are the categories of sensitive, moving plants that you know of, besides the carnivorous ones?

They are neat because they are animal-like.

I had some small, seedling sensitive plants that are native to the Northeast USA and which I grew from seed. They were neat, but it was hard to germinate them. They were like Mimosa Pudica except that they did not have prickers. One variety was Desmanthus Illinoensis, or the Illinois Bundleflower.

The neatest moving plant is the Dancing Plant, or Telegraph Plant, Codariocalyx motorius, which grows in Thailand:


There is a cactus that throws its spines, but I don't think that would be a good houseplant.

Lotuses open and close at sunrise and sunset., and there must be other ones that do too.

Are there varieties of the Australian Stylidium, with its moving flower, that don't kill creatures?
Sep 7, 2013
North QLD Australia
A fair few cacti open and close their flowers around midnight (for a couple times per flower), dragon fruit are a great example, huge flowers.

otherwise Socratea exorrhiza, I am not convinced it walks, but I read that it can auto correct itself if it is knocked over.

Melinis minutiflora is another "false carn" (although it does not move as you request), it makes a thick coat on the leaves (like molasses) that often traps insects for no apparent reason, similar to byblis as it can't move, their are fields of it here in Au.

Their are also a few plants (like sunflower) that can follow the sun.

What is this trowing cacti, I need one!!!!
Nov 9, 2010
Athens, GA
Just look up thigomotropism. The other tropisms are pretty interesting too. Find a time lapse of Dodder or Morning glories.

Also, Darwin's publications and letters give a neat insight into moving plants because he was absolutely fascinated by them.
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BS Bulldozer
Apr 11, 2013
Water Lilies open and close their blooms daily, some being open during the day with others opening at night. Then there are the plants such as Impatiens whose seed pods open explosively upon being touched.