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resurrection plant Syllabification: res·ur·rec·tion plant
Pronunciation: /ˌrezəˈrekSHən/ /ˌreZHəˈrekSHən plant/

Definition of resurrection plant in English:


Any of a number of plants that are able to survive drought, typically folding up when dry and unfolding when moistened, in particular.
  • A fern of tropical and warm-temperate America (Polypodium polypodioides, family Polypodiaceae).A Californian club moss (Selaginella lepidophylla, family Selaginellaceae).The rose of Jericho.
Example sentences
  • The resurrection plant Craterostigma plantagineum is able to survive almost complete tissue dehydration when water is withheld from it, and then can rehydrate rapidly on rewatering.
  • The species of resurrection plant known in Zulu as ‘isiphemba’ or ‘isiqumama’ is used for asthma treatment, nose bleeds, general aches and as an anti-inflammatory.
  • A few unusual so-called resurrection plants are able to survive extreme loss of water from their vegetative tissues.
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