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Selaginella lepidophylla
Selaginella lepidophylla
Selaginella lepidophylla

Wikipedia description

Selaginella lepidophylla (syn. Lycopodium lepidophyllum) is a species of desert plant in the spikemoss family (Selaginellaceae). S. lepidophylla is noted for its ability to survive almost complete desiccation; during dry weather in its native habitat, its stems curl into a tight ball and uncurl only when exposed to moisture. The outer stems of Selaginella lepidophylla bend into circular rings in a relatively short period of desiccation, whereas inner stems curl slowly into spirals due to the hydro-actuated strain gradient along their length. It is native to the Chihuahuan Desert.

Common names for this plant include flower of stone, false rose of Jericho, rose of Jericho, resurrection plant, resurrection moss, dinosaur plant, siempre viva, stone flower, and doradilla.

Selaginella lepidophylla is easily confused with Anastatica: both species are resurrection plants and form tumbleweeds, and they share the common name "rose of Jericho".

Scientific classification

Clade: Lycophytes
Order: Selaginellales
Family: Selaginellaceae
Species: Selaginella lepidophylla


Sample nameSample codeTissueRNA extractorSample providerBLASTSRA dataAssembly data
ABIJ-Selaginella_lepidophyllaABIJYoung frondsD.O. BurgeD.O. Burge