The Resurrection Fern

We have the Resurrection fern (Pleopeltis polypodioides) growing around our home; it is also called the Miracle fern. It is an epiphyte as it is known to attach itself to other plants, trees and structures for support. It gets its nutrients from the air and from water and nutrients that collect on the outer surfaces of tree barks etc.

The Resurrection fern is also a creeping fern; this photo shows the Resurrection fern growing on a rock.
resurrection fern Most Resurrection ferns live on the branches of large trees along with moss plants. I’ve also seen them growing on our front gate.resurrection fern I understand that this fern is called the Resurrection fern since it can survive long periods of drought by curling up its fronds and appearing to be dead.

However, when just a little water is present, it will uncurl and reopen, appearing to “resurrect” and restoring itself to a vivid green color within about 24 hours. resurrection fernI read that experiments have shown that Resurrection ferns can lose almost all their water – up to 97% and still remain alive. Most plants die after losing only 8-12% of their water.

It is also estimated that these ferns are able to last 100 years without water and still revive after a single exposure. Amazing!


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