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Resurrection fern
Pleopeltis polypodioides var. michauxiana
Polypodiaceae


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.
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.


 


Keith A. Bradley
George D. Gann
In habitat, Everglades National Park, Florida
George D. Gann
George D. Gann