Selaginella lepidophylla is a desert moss that forms tumbleweeds, curling in on itself in the absence of water. When it finally gets a drink, it unfurls back to its normal shape, as this timelapse video captures.

The video is by Sean Steininger, who says in the comments on vimeo that it took weeks to make:

It took around 12-24 hours for the full cycle. I shot this over the course of 3-4 weeks, letting it soak then drying it out again and starting over.


Unsurprisingly, the plant has a number of nicknames, some of which play on its amazing survival skill: false rose of Jericho, rose of Jericho, resurrection plant, resurrection moss, dinosaur plant, siempre viva, stone flower, and doradilla. Rose of Jericho is the one that titles this video.

[via Colossal]