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  1. resurrection plant, rose of Jericho, Selaginella lepidophylla(noun)

    densely tufted fern ally of southwestern United States to Peru; curls up in a tight ball when dry and expands and grows under moist conditions

  2. rose of Jericho, resurrection plant, Anastatica hierochuntica(noun)

    small grey Asiatic desert plant bearing minute white flowers that rolls up when dry and expands when moist


  1. Anastatica

    Anastatica is a monotypic genus with the type species Anastatica hierochuntica. The genus is a member of the family Brassicaceae, in the division Magnoliophyta of the class Magnoliopsida. The plant is a small gray annual herb that rarely grows above 15 centimetres high, and bears minute white flowers. It is a tumbleweed and a resurrection plant. The most commonly used common name in English may be rose of Jericho; other common names include Jericho rose, true rose of Jericho, Maryam's flower, flower of St Mary, St. Mary's flower, Mary's flower, and white mustard flower. About the name "rose of Jericho", the 16th century herbalist John Gerard is said to have remarked the coiner of the name spoiled it in the mint; for of all plants that have been written of not any are more unlike unto the rose. This species is not to be confused with Selaginella lepidophylla, also known as "rose of Jericho" and "false rose of Jericho".

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