Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Nyctitropic

Nyctitropic is the movement, of plants, at night. Yep, daisies and cabbages are going to crawl out their beds and murder you in yours!

Nah, not really. This phenomenon is caused by changes in light or temperature. Usually it's no more alarming than leaves drooping or flowers opening at different times. For example mirabilis jalapa and nicotiana sylvestris flowers tend to be droopy in the daytime, but perk up in the evening and overnight. That's handy if you're pollinated by moths.


I admit it's not an easy word to drop into a story or casual conversation, but I'm sure you'll find a way.

11 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I learned something new today!

Maggie May said...

I don't even know how to pronounce it let alone use it, but thanks for the info anyway.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Patsy .. not easy to put into a book either ... interesting word to know - whether I'll remember or not is another matter .. cheers Hilary

Oscar said...

Thanks for the lesson. It almost sounds sexy.

Linda G. said...

Hmm. I think I know some nyctitropic people. In fact, I gave birth to two of them.

Nicola said...

Super word!! I think you should make a YouTube video and teach us how to pronounce it properly :)I am most definitely going to try and use it. Have already written it in my diary. Thanks for the post, Patsy. All the best.

Carolb said...

I can't pronounce it either, Patsy, but the image of plants crawling around out of their beds in the dark is quite creepy... :D

Rosemary Gemmell said...

It's always good to learn something new!

Chrys Fey said...

Well, I learned something new. :) Thanks!

Hannah Spencer said...

There is a plant in my garden which opens and smells nice only in the evening. When people are looking round it I'll be able to get that word in. Thanks very much!

Patsy said...

@ Everyone Thanks for your comments. Glad to have brought you a new word, even if it isn't going to be lots of help to most of you. Do let me know if you do manage to work the word into a conversation.