An Ancient Old Bloom

http://www.sciencenews.org/view/generic/id/338619/title/The_bloom_isnt_off_this_ancient_plant

Scientists have recently uncovered a plant that had not bloomed since mammoths walked the earth. They found seeds found in the Siberian permafrost and revived the flower that long since bloomed. It is the oldest flower grown from preserved tissue.

Silene stenophylla

The Silene stenophylla is about 31,000 years old and while it looks different from relative plants, the petals are much narrower which gives it a distinct characteristic. It is amazing how this plant’s seeds are so tough and durable that it will survive all through the years.

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