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A gift for the anti-Botanist

With a world full of fascinating life-forms, it’s always easy to find a gift for a botanist. There’s so many plants to choose from, but what can you get for a friend without green fingers? What can you get for someone who doesn’t merely lack gardening skills, but is a hazard to plant-life. While browsing on the web I found what might be the perfect answer. Grand Illusions is selling Selaginella lepidophylla.

I’d never heard of this. It’s common name is The Rose of Jericho, but you might get a better idea of what it does under name Grand Illusions use: The Resurrection Plant. It’s found in the Sahara or Negev, where water is a problem. Instead of growing a hump or two like a camel, Selaginella lepidophylla has come up with a different trick, which you can find on YouTube.

So that’s my Christmas shopping sorted out. A lot of people will be getting (almost) dead plants.

Alun Salt

Alun (he/him) is the Producer for Botany One. It's his job to keep the server running. He's not a botanist, but started running into them on a regular basis while working on writing modules for an Interdisciplinary Science course and, later, helping teach mathematics to Biologists. His degrees are in archaeology and ancient history.


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