Nature Video

By Charlotte Regen 


The incredible resurrection plant comes back to life after soaking up water.

Starved of liquid, the flower is known as the false Rose of Jericho starts off curled into a tight ball protected by dry, brown branches.

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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, also referred to as selaginella lepidophylla and native to the arid Chihuhan Desert, splendidly opens its branches and flattens out.

Darryl, 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.

Pic from Caters News

“It’s a fun plant to see unfurl using time-lapse photography.

“They are typically sold as novelty plants in their dry state.”

To survive in deserts, these plants have lots of branches that form a tight ball whenever in dry conditions.

Pic from Caters News

Once the rose finds some water, it will spread out the branches and show its magnificence as it reclaims its life.