This ball of vegetation is Selaginella lepidophylla, commonly called by many names, including the flower of stone, Lazarus plant, and dinosaur plant. It is not dead.
It is a type of resurrection plant, which means it can survive long periods of drought, an important survival mechanism for its native habitat, the Chihuahuan Desert.
The plant wraps itself into a ball when dehydrated, reducing metabolism to a minimum. When rehydrated, it springs back to life by uncurling itself, resuming photosynthesis and turning green.
It can survive for years without water thanks to the plant’s ability to produce a sugar called trehalose, which replaces the evaporating water, preventing cell death. As water is reintroduced, it dissolves these sugars and metabolism restarts.
What’s even more impressive is, after extended periods of extreme dryness, the plant will detach from its roots, allowing the wind to carry it away. If it finds moisture elsewhere, it takes root there upon rehydration.
Timelapse was done over period of 12 hours
- Research Card
Matter Subscriber Price:
These were a hit with the kiddoes - we got them to resurrect and now they've dried up again. We're going to see if we can resurrect them again after a few months.
Valerie gave this item 5 stars
Sybil gave this item 5 stars
Great product and fast shipping!
The order shipped quickly and the plant took a day or two to unfurl and turn green again. I actually got four plants attached to each other, so I could propagate them via division in the future! It’s a unique addition to my growing plant collection.
Came back to life as promised.
We only list 100% verified authentic items. We work with reputable collectors, and regularly consult with our network of scientists and experts.
Orders ≥$50 qualify for free US shipping
Orders ≥$100 qualify for free global shipping
Pay how you like: credit card, PayPal, After Pay, Shop Pay, Venmo, Apple/Google/Meta Pay & crypto
Change your mind? No problem. Enjoy easy returns within 30 days.