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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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On the one hand, early commentators were concerned with faithfully describing the unusual plant taxa that appeared to flout the conventions of biology; on the other, contemporary writers reveal concern for the continuation of resurrection plants in the native habitats.
Programming Desiccation-Tolerance: From Plants to Seeds to Resurrection Plants.
lepidophylla), native to the Chihuahuan Desert of the United States and Mexico, has been generically represented by writers through time, unconcerned with taxonomics, as a resurrection plant.
These considerations hold true in relation to a brief posting in the publication The Latter-day Saints' Millennial Star from 1868, providing a descriptive account of a "so-called Mexican Resurrection Plant .
The Alabama-born writer Mollie Moore (1844-1909) composed a poem in rhyming quatrains titled "The Resurrection Plant," the subject of which is most likely the resurrection moss, S.