Resurrection Fern- Polypodium polypodioides

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(Polypodium polypodioides)

Resurrection fern is a fascinating plant very common in the Southeast

& found from Florida to New York and west to Texas.The fern is an

air plant which means it attaches itself to other plants and gets its

nutrients from the air and from water and nutrients that collect on

the outer surface of bark. Resurrection fern lives on the branches

of large trees such as cypresses and live oaks. It is often found in the

company of other air plants such as Spanish moss & wild pine.


The resurrection fern gets its name because it can survive long periods

of drought by curling up and appearing dead. When just a little

water is present, the fern will uncurl and reopen, appearing to

resurrect. This plant has even been taken on a space shuttle mission

to watch it resurrect itself in space! This tiny, creeping fern has a long

stem to which the fronds are attached. The leathery, evergreen

leaves are called fronds and are 4" to 12" long. The fronds are made of

smaller, rounded, oblong blades alternately arranged but tending to

become opposite. Like all ferns, the resurrection fern does not

reproduce by fruits or seeds but uses spores instead. The spores are

found in clusters, called sori, on the bottom of the blades near the edge.

The sori appear as brown to black scales. The long, horizontal, skinny

stem is less than 1/12" in diameter and is attached to and creeps along

the bark of large trees. This is where the fronds then come out from.

You're getting a section about 4"x 4" that will have several fern fronds .

I even have these in my tree frog vivarium and you can make an outside

container shade garden with these too!

Name Polypodium polypodioides 'Resurrection Fern'
Common Names Resurrection Fern, Little Gray Polypody
Grow Zone 6
Light Conditions Full Sun,Full Shade,Partial Sun/Shade
Water Requirements High drought tolerance
PH Level 4.5-5.0
Minimum Height 6 inches
Maximum Height 12 inches
Growth Habit Moderate
Bloom Period Year round
Bloom Color Inconspicuous
Fragrant No

Best Grown In Attaches to tree branches
Scientific Name Polypodium polypodioides
Class Liliopsida
Family Polypodiaceae
Genus Pleopeltis
Species polypodioides
Salt Tolerance Moderate

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