Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Creature 302: Silene stenophylla

Frost resistant for 32 000 years

Silene stenophylla is a fairly ordinary small weedy looking plant which doesn't look very interesting.

Given its natural habitat is the arctic tundra it naturally needs to be fairly frost tolerant, especially the seeds. In fact one seed found in 32 000 year old Siberian ice was successfully germinated in a laboratory in Russia.

The seed was buried by an ice age squirrel,  much like in the the movie.

Silene stenophylla can only be found in the Russian far east and Alpine regions of Northern Japan.

Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Angiosperms
Class: Dicotyledon
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Caryophyllaceae
Genus: Silene
Species: Silene stenophylla

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