Self-Rejuvenating Prehistoric Plant

Club Moss (Selaginella Lepidophylla)This plant, the Club Moss (Selaginella Lepidophylla), has been around for 290 million years. It pre-dates the dinosaurs, and survived through their destruction, it also made it through the ice age and continues to thrive to this day in the 21st century. It can dry up and hibernate for as long as 50 years at a time. During this time it will curl up and travel around with the wind like a tumbleweed in search of water.

Once it finds moisture it can fully rejuvenate in one day. This death and resurrection process is then repeated for hundreds of years. It’s native home is Mexico and Texas in desert and semi-desert regions.

The spores of Lycopodiophyta are highly flammable and so have been used in fireworks. You can buy it from Science Surplus for $3.50 or Tower Hobbies for $7.59.

Found via Ecofriend.

One comment

  1. says:

    La pianta che non muore mai

    Gli scienziati hanno scoperto una pianta che esiste sulla terra da 290 milioni di anni, già da prima dell’estinzione dei dinosauri. Si chiama Club Moss (Selaginella Lepidophylla) ed è originaria delle zone desertiche e semi-desirtiche del Texas e del M…

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