Definition of resurrection plant in US English:

resurrection plant


  • Any of a number of plants which are able to survive drought, typically folding up when dry and unfolding when moistened.

    a fern of tropical and warm-temperate America (Polypodium polypodioides, family Polypodiaceae)

    the rose of Jericho

    a Californian club moss (Selaginella lepidophylla, family Selaginellaceae)

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Until recently, trehalose metabolism was thought to be of physiological importance in only a few plant species, such as resurrection plants, where its accumulation to high levels enables protection from desiccation.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Sucrose is the predominant sugar accumulated in the dehydrated leaf tissue of all resurrection plants studied to date.’
    • ‘A few unusual so-called resurrection plants are able to survive extreme loss of water from their vegetative tissues.’


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