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resurrection plant

see bryophyllumpinnatum.
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Hastened in their efforts by the variable effects of climate change and acute water shortages globally, scientists have turned more attention to revealing the desiccation tolerance (DT) strategies employed by resurrection plants (Farrant and Moore, "Programming Desiccation-Tolerance" 340-45 <http://dx.
In conjunction with their strong agricultural, ecological, and scientific value, resurrection plants have played a small but noteworthy role in the art, culture, literature, and botanical histories of various traditions across time and in diverse parts of the world.
For most historical observers and commentators, resurrection plants were unusual for their ability to court their deaths by paring down--then restoring--metabolic processes in correlation to shifting ecological circumstances.
The comparative literary history of resurrection plants was organized around these five species and the main common names associated with them.
Gardner of the University of Cape Town and his colleagues have been sequencing the DNA of a resurrection plant called Xerophyta humilis.