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Resurrection Plant

Resurrection Plant

22 total reviews

    Item #272

    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

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    Customer Reviews

    Based on 22 reviews
    P.L. (Oklahoma, United States)

    Resurrection Plant

    C.L. (Virginia, United States)

    Arrived as promised and exactly as described.
    These things are so cool, you really should get one.
    Always a pleasure to deal with this shop.

    R.K. (Virginia, United States)

    Super quick shipping. Product just as advertised

    M.S. (Virginia, United States)

    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.

    V.F. (Virginia, United States)

    Valerie gave this item 5 stars

    S.H. (Virginia, United States)

    Sybil gave this item 5 stars

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