Seed Growth - Knowledgebase Question

Calgary, AB
Question by hannac
April 12, 2000
Is it possible that when a plant dies a new plant can be reborn in that dead one?


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Answer from NGA
April 12, 2000

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Generally speaking, the answer is no, unless you consider seeds that the plant develops as being dead. But there is one plant, the Resurrection Plant (Selaginella lepidophylla) that can turn completely brown and look dead, but will seemingly become resurrected when given water. This plant has a moss-like appearance and is a native of desert and semi-desert regions from Texas to South America. It is given its common name because of its habit of curling into a tight ball and turning brown when dry and opening out flat and turning green when water is again available.

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