‘Rip Van Winkle’ plants can hide underground for 20 years

by RUSSELL MCLENDON Rip Van Winkle, the titular ne’er-do-well of Washington Irving’s 1819 short story, famously spent 20 years napping in a forest. This lengthy slumber, apparently triggered by ghost liquor, caused Van Winkle to sleep through the American Revolutionary War. Nearly two centuries later, scientists are shedding light on plants that do something similarContinue reading “‘Rip Van Winkle’ plants can hide underground for 20 years”