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Pleopeltis polypodioides

  var.  michauxiana


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.

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  Robert G. Haehle; Joan Brookwell
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Native landscapes are easier to maintain, use less water and thrive without chemical pesticides and fertilizers. Native Florida Plants describes every type of regional flora—-from seaside foliage and wildflowers to grassy meadows, shrubs, vines, and aquatic gardens—-in 301 profiles and accompanying color photographs.

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