Rose of Jericho

Week 8
Year 2016
Gif clip of a resurrection plant coming to life.
Image Credit: "Selaginella lepidophylla reviving, duration 3 hours" by Serych - © CC BY-SA 3.0

The Rose of Jericho (Selaginella lepidophylla) is one species of many Resurrection Plants which are found around the world. This remarkable plant shares properties with other resurrection plants that help it survive during periods of drought. Seemingly dry and dead, when rain comes, this odd plant resurrects into a typical, living plant, hence the name "resurrection plant".[1] Within hours, the plant opens up and is ready to soak in the electromagnetic waves of the sun. Could this hibernation state of these plants help save massive amounts of water and save lives?[2] Recent research seems to lean in that direction...

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[1]: Ombrello, T., Dr. "RESURRECTION PLANT." Resurrection Plant. Accessed February 29, 2016.

[2]: "'Resurrection Plants' Offer Hope as Climate Turns Hostile." 'Resurrection Plants' Offer Hope as Climate Turns Hostile. November 22, 2015. Accessed February 29, 2016.