St. Mary's Flower | Mary's Hand | Rose of Jericho


The magical St. Mary's flower


Anastatica hierochuntica, tumbleweed, dinosaur plant, Jericho rose, Mary's flower, Mary's hand, Palestinian tumbleweed,  true rose of Jericho or resurrection plant . After the rainy season, the plant dries up, dropping leaves and curling branches into a tight ball, and "hibernates". Within the ball, the fruits remain attached and closed, protecting the seeds and preventing them from being dispersed prematurely. The seeds are very hardy and can remain dormant for years. Wet again in a later rainy season, the ball uncurls and the plant wakes up from its dormant state, which causes the capsular fruits to open (dehisce) to disperse the seeds. If water is sufficient, the dispersed seeds germinate within hours. A fraction of the seeds are dispersed in the vicinity of the parent plant by raindrops hitting a spoon-like appendix on the seeds.  

  • Model: simo4
  • 25 Units in Stock

This product was added to our catalog on Wednesday 02 November, 2016.


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