Resurrection plant

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A resurrection plant is any poikilohydric plant that can survive extreme dehydration, even over months or years.

The resurrection plant Selaginella lepidophylla reviving within 3 hours after the addition of water.

Examples include

Certain resurrection plants have long been sold in their dry, "lifeless" form as curiosities. This custom was noted by many 19th century authors, and continues today.

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