Dinosaur Plant

For Christmas, I received two dinosaur plants (Selaginella lepidophylla; a spike moss sold by Dune Craft under the name Dinosaur Plant and Resurrection Plant – I got one of each)… Ok, I confess: only one was a gift.  The other I bought for myself from Think Geek using my Geek Points while Christmas shopping for my family’s gift exchange.  Regardless, these things are super cool.  They come all dried up, curled in a ball, and all they need is a bowl of water to come back to life and keep living, at least so the company says.

I brought one back to life on New Year’s Day (I thought it was fitting) and took pictures of it every time I thought it looked significantly different.  It unfurled in about an hour and a half and it started the moment I ran it under the tap to rinse it out.  You can actually see it moving!  I’m not kidding.  It’s not a slow process.  It moves in jerks, which makes it fairly easy to see.  I put some of the pictures below in order so you can see the progression.  If I had more time, I’d figure out how far apart each was taken and post that information, but alas, my dissertation needs writing.  So what am I going to do with the other plant?  My plan is to see how the first one does.  If it does well, I might try planting the other one in soil.  I’ll let you know how it goes.

What you start with:

Here are both packages with one set of their contents: a plastic bowl, "lava" rocks, and the plant.

The sleeping plant.

 The re-hydration and unfurling process:

 

 

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About micheletobias

I lead two lives - one as an artist and the other as a scientist. More and more I'm finding my two worlds colliding, and it's not the disaster you might expect. View all posts by micheletobias

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