The Resurrection Plant: It Springs Back To Life After Months Of Sleeping

A curled up Resurrection Plant (Selaginella lepidophylla)

The Rose of Jericho is also known as the resurrection plant (Selaginella Lepidophylla).

It is a species of desert moss that can ‘resurrect’ itself after bouts of extreme dehydration lasting months or even years.

After just a few hours of exposure to water the plant bursts into life. It uncurls from a tight ball of dry leaves to a green flower-like shape.

This plant 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. It’s native home is Mexico and Texas in desert and semi-desert regions.

It’s most well known for its ability to curl up and become dormant when dry, and then “resurrect” or come back to life when it finds water.

The Rose of Jericho has been known to go fifty years without water. The plant’s leaves curl into a ball so it can move with the wind like a tumbleweed.

Selaginella Lepidophylla unfolded

The roots of the plant stay intact. When it finds a water source the plant quickly opens up and turns green again until the water is gone.

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