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    So, I've been interested in these so-called Dinosaur plants offered by DuneCraft, inc., but I'm not sure I want to buy one from them. They don't mention what it actually is, and although they provide detailed care instructions, there's no indication of how to propagate them. I'd like to learn more about them, particularly how to multiply them, as propagating plants is probably my favorite part of keeping them. I'm going to do some digging myself, but I figured someone here might know already.
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    Ohhh! I've seen that before. It's the resurrection plant. I saw it sold in Chase Pitkin before. Rose of Jeriko is how I remember it, or however you spell it. I've looked it up on gardenweb.com and it's either Selagenlla lepidophylla or Anastatica hierochuntica as a member says in a post. I think it's a really awesome plant.

    Wikipedia article on it

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    Thanks Ben. I find organisms with extended dormancies to be fascinating - such an elegant, novel survival technique. I wonder what other types of plants there are like this...
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    Since ya asked, the Welwitschia. Well, it's not actually a dormancy, but it lives a long time.

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    wow...weird plant ben....one of the wierdest ive ever seen!

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    Here in Gainesville, Fl all the live oak trees are covered with resurrection fern. There is a huge tree covered with it next to my apartment and after it rains it becomes very green and beautiful. Most of the year it is brown though. It is very neat to see all the green after it rains.
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    I'm also thinking of getting one of these plants. Nick, is the tree in a lot of light, or is it in shade? I want to know how much light to give one of these guys.

    EDIT: wait a sec, i did a google search on resurrection fern, and it's actually a fern, Polypodium polypodioides. I think we're talkin about something different?

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    I had several of those back when I was a kid. They were fun but never lasted long for me. I think (my hindsight is 20/20 ) that it was due to minerals in the tap water which were left behind on the leaves as the water evaporated. Eventually the leaves were coated with a mineral crust and the plants died.
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    I guess that means we should use distilled water.

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    It's Seleginella lepidophylla. I have never managed to keep one of these alive. They tend to rot if wet and crumble up when dry. Even when grown without a pot. They grow alongside Pinguicula gypsicola and other Pinguicula in seasonally dry places the wild incidentally. (A nice few pics here - scroll down toward the bottom).

    I suspect that most offered in cultivation are mostly dead before you even get them, as the plants I have had have never turned the lovely fresh green colour they are meant to.
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