Pleopeltis polypodioides - Resurrection fern
About fifty species of Pleopeltis
are native the Americas,
Africa and Asia.
They grow on rocks or as epiphytes in trees. This species, the resurrection
fern, is found growing on trees, rocks, posts and buildings. During dry times,
the leaves turn brown and shrivel. When moistened, the dry leaves expand and
turn green again. It is native to the southeastern United States, Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean.
See these plants on trees along the Lake Oneida boardwalk.
A herbaceous perennial with leaves about three to four inches long.
Light: part shade to shade
Water: requires moist, well-drained conditions
Soil: grows as an epiphyte on trees, not in soil
resurrection fern usually grows as an epiphyte in trees. It grows best in areas
with high humidity. It is not often cultivated in gardens but is an attractive
and interesting plant where it occurs naturally.