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Help me identify a plant - I'm desperate

So, a while ago, I saw this video on YouTube. It was from one of those nature focused channels, the likes of BBC Earth. I had seen a very weird plant, it was a plant that spun on it's own axis, like a bud, that sprouted out a small, white arm that spun around. I found that extremely eerie, and I want to find the name of said plant. Please help, I haven't found it anywhere, neither has the collective effort of 5 people on my team. And there's no subreddit for this kind of thing. Somebody, please help, or tell me of somewhere I can look for help. Much appreciated
Regards, Yours truly,


  • WonkyWombleWonkyWomble Posts: 4,429
    Do you have the video link? Or any info like where out its found geographically or the conditions it is found in? You haven't given is a lot to go on to ID it yet I'm afraid
  • @WonkyWomble I'm afraid that's the problem - I have no idea. My memory of the video goes as far as some things that it did.
    It could usually tangle itself, and there were always more than one at once. From what I remember, it uses this spinning method to find something to grapple, and to grow upon.
  • B3B3 Posts: 25,175
    I saw a time lapse film of a bramble / blackberry plant. That was really weird, the way it 'looked around'  for something to latch onto. Maybe that's the programme you're talking about.
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 83,764
    Many climbers, including runner beans and Ipomeas (morning glory) start off like this as a seedling ... sending out a shoot which moves in response to light until it finds something it can climb up. Some then climb upwards clockwise and some anti clockwise.

    When this process is filmed using time-lapse photography it appears to speed up the movement and it can appear quite strange.

    If you google <runner bean shoot time lapse> you’ll find a lot on Youtube. 

    Hope that helps. 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • HelixHelix Posts: 631
    Here’s a time lapse of a vine doing exactly what you describe....
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 83,764
    Good find @Helix ...that looks like a Morning Glory ... mine are doing just that out there in the garden at the moment ... 😊

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

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