Definition of resurrection plant in English:

resurrection plant

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  • Any of a number of plants which 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 clubmoss (Selaginella lepidophylla, family Selaginellaceae).the rose of Jericho.
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    • 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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