Wild Florida Photo - Pleopeltis polypodioides

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Pleopeltis polypodioides

  var.  michauxiana

RESURRECTION FERN

Florida native

 

This common epiphytic is one of the most easily recognizable ferns in Florida. Growing mostly on the trunks and branches of live oaks, resurrection fern can also be found on other trees and occassionally limestone. The common name comes from the characteristic of the fern to shrivel up and appear dead during dry periods but revive and become lush and green again after rains.

 
Pleopeltis polypodioides is a member of the Polypodiaceae - Polypody family.