Watch: This ‘resurrection plant’ comes back to life after years of dehydration
This time-lapse video sheds light (and moisture) on the fascinating survival tactic of desert fern called the Rose of Jericho.
The Rose of Jericho is a desert plant which has come to be known as the “resurrection plant” for its unique ability to survive almost complete desiccation.
In the video above, the plant is seen completely dehydrated, until water is poured on its curled body. Almost miraculously, the plant unfurls itself, exposing its greener sides.
Native to the Chihuahuan desert of the US and Mexico, the resurrection plant can survive for years in its curled, dry state, awaiting moisture. In dry weather, the Rose of Jericho acquires this greyed persona, and often slows its metabolism to go into a state of dormancy.
Unlike some of its related species, the Rose of Jericho has the ability to revive itself even when the roots have been disrupted.