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Resurrection fern
Pleopeltis polypodioides var. michauxiana
Polypodiaceae
 

Copyright by: Keith A. Bradley

General Landscape Uses: Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations. Also accent epiphyte.

Availability: Grown by enthusiasts.

Description: Epiphytic fern.

Dimensions: Fronds 4-8 inches long.

Growth Rate: Slow.

Range: Eastern and central United States west to Texas and south to the Monroe County Keys; Mexico and Central America. Very rare in the Monroe County Keys, and perhaps absent south of Key Largo.

Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.

Habitats: Moist forests and swamps.

Soils: Epiphytic; or terrestrial in moist, well-drained humusy leaf litter, acid to neutral pH.

Nutritional Requirements: Low; it grows on nutrient poor substrate.

Salt Water Tolerance: Low; does not tolerate long-term flooding by salt or brackish water.

Salt Wind Tolerance: Moderate; grows near salt water, but is protected from direct salt spray by other vegetation.

Drought Tolerance: Moderate; requires moist substrate and high humidity to thrive.

Light Requirements: Light shade to moderate shade.

Flower Color: N/A.

Flower Characteristics: There are no flowers; the plants reproduce by spores.

Flowering Season: All year.

Fruit: Inconspicuous spores.

Horticultural Notes: Can be grown from spores.

Comments: These ferns "shrivel up" during dry spells and then "come back to life" after a rain - hence the common name of the plant.


Copyright by: Keith A. Bradley

Copyright by: George D. Gann
In habitat, Everglades National Park, Florida

Copyright by: George D. Gann

Copyright by: George D. Gann


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