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resurrection plant,

name for several plants, usually of arid regions, that may apparently be brought back to life after they are dead. In reality they have hygroscopic qualities which cause them to curl up when dry and to unfold when moist. They are frequently sold in the dried condition as a novelty. The most common are the rose of Jerichorose of Jericho,
common name for two plants belonging to different families in the plant kingdom. One, an annual desert plant (Anastatica hierochuntica) of the family Cruciferae (or Brassicaceae; mustard family), is native to Asia Minor. It is a resurrection plant.
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 and the bird's-nest moss, a club mossclub moss,
name generally used for the living species of the class Lycopodiopsida, a primitive subdivision of vascular plants. The Lycopodiopsida were a dominant plant group in the Carboniferous period, when they attained the size of trees, and contributed to the coal deposits
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 (Selaginella lepidophylla), native to Mexico and Texas, which has a rosette of flattened branches and is capable of growing if it has not been dry too long. It is also sold in Mexican markets for use as a diuretic. These plants are classified in the division LycopodiophytaLycopodiophyta
, division of the plant kingdom consisting of the organisms commonly called club mosses and quillworts. As in other vascular plants, the sporophyte, or spore-producing phase, is the conspicuous generation, and the gametophyte, or gamete-producing phase, is minute.
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 (club mosses).
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In conjunction with their strong agricultural, ecological, and scientific value, resurrection plants have played a small but noteworthy role in the art, culture, literature, and botanical histories of various traditions across time and in diverse parts of the world.
For most historical observers and commentators, resurrection plants were unusual for their ability to court their deaths by paring down--then restoring--metabolic processes in correlation to shifting ecological circumstances.
The comparative literary history of resurrection plants was organized around these five species and the main common names associated with them.
Notwithstanding Hegel's provocation, resurrection plants exemplify the capacity of some members of the botanical kingdom and the things of nature to return from the brink of decline and near-death through energies internal to them and in harmonization with the exigencies of their environments.
The first category--botanical commentaries--comprises the writings of early plant scientists, naturalists, or explorers who observed resurrection plants either in cultivated or natural settings.
The third--prose--encompasses novels, short stories, essays, and forms of creative nonfiction that in some manner engage resurrection plants as subjects, symbols, or catalysts of the writing.
The multidisciplinary focus--synthesizing botanical and literary studies--makes possible a closer analysis of the intersection between storytelling and the natural world that is a salient feature of literary works depicting resurrection plants.
Like other resurrection plants, it is known for its ability to endure episodes of dehydration through metabolic arrest (Nikulinsky and Hopper, Life on the Rocks 24).
Widely distributed across the globe, resurrection plants are known for their unusual capacity to survive water-deprived circumstances through metabolic arrest, resuming normal performance and a green appearance when rehydrated.