Hello, I am the amazing Dinosaur Plant! I am one of the
longest-living plants in the world! My ancestors were around to see the first
dinosaurs emerge. At that time, we grew to over 120 feet, much taller than even
a Tyrannosaurus Rex! The dinosaurs and my relatives were great friends,
although they did eat us occasionally.
When the ice age came, we had to mutate and get really
small. We learned how to blow over dry land and sleep, waiting for water.
Usually we drifted around until we stumbled upon a puddle. Then we drank
greedily and went back to sleep until we found our next "fountain"!
My secret is that I am very easy to care for. I donít even
need to bury my roots! All I need is a little water and some occasional sleep.
With the Brachiosaurus gone, Iíll be perfectly safe in your home!
some water and I will spring to life in less than one day! Let me dry out, and
I will shrink back to my sleeping state. I can sleep for up to fifty years and
will still rise when you place me in water!
included in your kit
- Clear plastic bowl
- Bag of New Mexico lava rocks
- Dinosaur Plant
youíll need to get
Bring me back to life!
Remove the New Mexico lava rocks from the bag and place them
in the bowl.
Arrange the rocks in a circle, making a hole in the center.
Fill your cup with water, dunk me several times in the
water, and place me in the center of the lava rocks with my roots down.
Pour enough water into the bowl to cover my roots.
5. Watch me
spring to life and grow right before your eyes!† If you look closely, you may even be able to see me move!† Listen, and you might hear my fibers
expanding.† Iíll be fully awake in just
Put me back to sleep!
To dry me out, simply donít refill my bowl today and let
the water evaporate.† Iíll fall asleep
in a week, and you can wake me up again a few weeks later!
Tips for Caring for Me
you bring me back to life, change my water and rinse me every day for the
first few weeks.
come back to life best in nearly full sunlight at temperatures of 75 to 85
degrees Fahrenheit, although I prefer to grow in semi-shade.
will grow in my bowl of water indefinitely, although I do prefer to a few
naps each year.
need a minimal temperature of 40 degrees.
like high humidity. But donít keep me in a terrarium or I may get moldy.
will survive in a dry state for up to fifty years, but I prefer to be
re-hydrated every couple of years.
- I may
be damaged if I am allowed to dry out in less than six hours or longer
than a week.
I, your Dinosaur Plant:
native to Mexico and Texas, chiefly around Big Bend National Park, in
desert and semi-desert regions.
up into a tight ball when dry so that the wind can easily roll me to a new
location, hopefully closer to moisture.
sold in Mexican markets for use as a diuretic.
survive in a dry habitat where water is available only occasionally.
some dry periods which keep me small.
used as Christmas decorations.
red-brown or gray-green with age and produce dense tufts.
to be about 4 inches.
made into absorptive powder in the pharmaceutical industry.
hygroscopic qualities which cause me to curl up when dry and unfold when
- am an
ideal symbol for the coming of life.
3% of my water when Iím dehydrated.
used in fireworks.
amazing roots.† Although shallow,
my root system is very extensive and my leaves and stems can uptake water
very evolved.† Although I resemble
mosses, Iím considered to be more evolutionary advanced because I am
vascular.† That means I have
specialized fluid-conducting tissues, which help me to quickly hydrate
from a family of amazing plants.†
My ancestors were a dominant group during the Carboniferous period
when they grew to be the size of trees and contributed to the coal
deposits, which humans use today for fuel.
being researched so that my genes can be transferred into crop plants such
as rice, wheat, and maize to make them more resistant to drought.
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