The Resuurection Fern – (Polypodium polypodioides) is a plant often found in swamps growing on tree trunks that are dead or alive. These ferns are epiphyte or air plants which mean they attach themselves to tree branches or trunks and spread from there obtaining their moisture and nutrients from the air. The Resurrection Fern can grow in dense mats as seen in this picture. It is a native plant and not invasive and does not harm the tree it is growing on. They can be seen sometimes with other air plants or epiphytes such as Orchids and Spanish Moss. An interesting fact about the Resurrection Fern is that it can lose most of it’s water content in dry periods and shrivel up but spring back to life once it gets wet again by rain or running water. The Univ. of Fla. IFAS Gardening Solutions website has some additional facts about this plant as well as the National Wildlife Federation website.
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