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These plants go dormant as climate warms up

May 08, 2018, 7:40 AM EDT
(Source: Pete/flickr)
(Source: Pete/flickr)

The unsparing climate change has forced flora and fauna to react and adapt in novel ways for survival. One such example is apparent in 114 species, dubbed “Rip Van Winkle plants,” which sleep through the flowering season to withstand harsh conditions brought down by prolonged environmental warming.

This evolution may hamper plant’s growth and reproduction in short-term but rewards by extending its life amid threats of drought, severe rainfall, wildfires, and heat waves , writes Popular Science.

Going into dormancy can be a way to fight back but researchers warn the tactic won’t work if temperatures continue to rise unabated.

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