Incredible Resurrection Plant Comes Back To Life After Soaking Up Water
A flower known as the false Rose of Jericho is a species of desert plant in the spikemoss family (Selaginellaceae). S. lepidophylla is noted for its ability to survive almost complete desiccation; during dry weather in its native habitat, its stems curl into a tight ball, protected by dry, brown branches, and uncurl only when exposed to moisture.
When dry, it looks like a ball of weed. However, as soon as Darryl Cheng – from Instagram page House Plant Journal – pours some water around the flora it undergoes a dramatic transformation. The resurrection plant, native to the arid Chihuhan Desert, splendidly opens its branches and flattens out.
The native from Toronto, Canada said: “In times of extreme drought, the plant can go into a desiccated or dormant state. Upon contact with water, the plant can awaken and continue living. It’s a fun plant to see unfurl using time-lapse photography.”
Once the rose finds some water, it will spread out the branches and show its magnificence as it reclaims its life.
The ability of the plant to survive extreme desiccation was noted by Spanish missionaries when they reached the New World, including the area that was to become the United States. The missionaries used the plant to demonstrate to potential native converts the concept of being reborn.
This plant has been used as a herbal medicine. An infusion (tea) is made by steeping a tablespoon of dried material in hot water and the tea is used as an antimicrobial in cases of colds and sore throat. Common names for this in Spanish include doradilla (little golden one) and flor de piedra (stone flower).
This plant is sold as a novelty item as a bare root in its dry state. It can be revived with only a little water. After wetting, the plant turns green, hence the name "resurrection plant".