Resurrection Fern

 

Resurrection Fern is an epiphyte that grows on Live Oak Trees which it uses for support and to reach sunlight. During periods of drought these ferns curl up and roll inward, exposing as little surface area as possible and preventing water loss due to evaporation. With just a little water the fern will uncurl and reopen, appearing to “resurrect.” Unlike parasites, this epiphytic plant gets its nutrients from rain and dust and causes no harm to the tree that supports it.

Latin Name: Pleopeltis Polypodioides

Habitat: Oak Hammock