Ok, if you believe in a creator and an order to the universe then this probably means something. Even if not, it’s still mad cool.
It’s known as the ultimate survivor. It grows wild in Israel, thriving in the harsh dry conditions that would kill many other plants.
And what do the cells of this hardy survivor – a native Israeli Persian buttercup – look like under a microscope?
A Star of David.
Dr. Rina Kamenetsky discovered this phenomena while trying to understand the survival mechanisms of the bulb of this flower which is “also known in botanical circles as a type of ‘resurrection plant’…meaning that it can live without water, and is ‘resurrected’ when water becomes available.” (water=long standing symbol for Torah, flower with long standing jewish symbol for cells, wait til Aish HaTorah gets ahold of this one!).
Kamenetsky and her Canadian colleagues discovered that the storage roots of this particular Persian buttercup have a special mechanism for resisting drought and heat that is found in no other plant to date – a finding they published recently in the journal New Phytologist.
But Kamenetsky also found an additional surprise: under a microscope the cells of the root assume the form of interlocking Stars of David.
“We have never before seen a structure like this in the cell walls of plants,” she says. “This is a very rare structure – maybe even unique.”
Turns out that the Magen David-shaped cell walls of this particular plant serve as a protective shield moderating water levels during both dry and rainy seasons allowing the flower to survive in extremely harsh conditions.
See? Mad cool. Read the full article from Israel21c here
On a related note:
Kamenetsky, who was born in Kazakhstan, immigrated to Israel in 1990 and has since made an international name for herself in the field of ornamental horticulture – developing native plants into ornamental crops which can be grown commercially and sold as cut flowers or potted plants.
Israel is at the cutting edge of this field. Some 20-40 percent of the flowers Israel markets every year are new varieties, notes Kamenetsky, adding that no other country but Holland has such a high percentage of novel varieties.