Mesmerizing Time-Lapse Videos Show How Much Plants Move During a Day

It might not seem like it, but plants are continuously moving throughout the day. Although many are anchored to the soil, their leaves change position as their environment changes, too.  This phenomenon is best demonstrated through time-lapse videos of the tiny movements that a plant makes over the course of a day. When sped up, it’s incredible to see just how much is happening when we aren’t looking.

One of the most dramatic shows of this slow-moving event was shared by Twitter user @Melora_1. In the video posted, a variety of calathea plants rise and fall as time whizzes by on a red clock. They are a perfect type of plant to highlight this minute movement, as the genus—belonging to the family Marantaceae—has a tendency to “pray” during the nighttime. This is because there is a small “joint” between the leaf and stem. Their leaves open to get as much sunlight as possible and will move to accommodate the changing positioning of the sun. (It should be noted that many plants, beyond the Marantaceae family, do this as well.)

Check out more time-lapse plant videos below and be prepared to marvel at the elegance of nature.

Plants are continuously moving throughout the day—just watch these fascinating time-lapse videos.

 

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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met and Manager of My Modern Met Store. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.

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