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Resurrection Fern

Pleopeltis polypodioides

Description:

The resurrection fern gets its name because it can survive long periods of drought by curling up its fronds and appearing desiccated, grey-brown and dead. However, when just a little water is present, the fern will uncurl and reopen, appearing to "resurrect" and restoring itself to a vivid green color within about 24 hours.

Habitat:

Growing on a dead limb on the forest floor


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Tampa, Florida, USA

Lat: 28.05, Long: -82.40

Spotted on Dec 1, 2011
Submitted on Dec 1, 2011

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