Timelapse Of A Resurrection Plant Uncurling When Exposed To Water

March 11, 2019

This is a short 17-second timelapse representing approximately three and a half hours of real time as a resurrection plant (Selaginella lepidophylla) uncurls itself after being exposed to water for the first time in long time. Some more info while I wish I could survive so long without water (my doctor said I should be drinking an entire gallon a day!):

Known as a "resurrection plant", S. lepidophylla is renowned 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 this plant 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. Reaching a height of 5 cm, it is native to the Chihuahuan Desert.

If you're interested in repeatedly watering and then torturously dehydrating your own resurrection plant, you can buy them on the internet for like $5 - $10. I just bought one, but I'm tempted to send it back because it never actually uncurled. "You soaked it in tequila." *shrug* It's what I drink when I'm thirsty.

Keep going for the whole video.

Thanks to Charlotte, who informed me this unfortunately did not work for the neglected ficus in her living room.

  • MustacheHam

    This would be the plant you would recommend someone who would be one who's not good at plants, or stick with a realistic plastic one.

    I did had one of these cool plants though.

  • Douchy McDouche

    Ok, but can you smoke it?

  • GeneralDisorder

    Yes. I'm not sure if you should or if you can do it more than once. But yes.

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    Why does Geekologie support ViralHog which was found to be in copyright infringement many times now?

  • Nicholas Conrad

    Grow up @Anton. You can't own ideas.

  • The_Wretched

    You're a private consumer who gives a rip about copyright? How odd.

  • Anton Kovalenko

    Private consumers being unaware of copyright ownership idea, I'm not sure why I would be surprised. You've never created anything of your own and published it on the internet, have you?

  • The_Wretched

    If you think copyright protects anyone other than mickeymouse, you're delusional. Do you have $50k to bring a federal law suit to protect your personal $3000 worth of infringement?

  • Anton Kovalenko

    It is sad to see such a sorry state of Copyright in $, thankfully I live in € where I had an easy way of getting my content removed or payed for.

  • The_Wretched

    I'm going to get one for Trump CosPlay. It'll go in my head.

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