resurrection fern


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resurrection fern

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An epiphytic, creeping fern (Pleopeltis polypodioides syn. Polypodium polypodioides) native to warm regions of the Americas and southern Africa, having fronds that curl up and appear dead in prolonged dry weather and expand under moist conditions.
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Noun1.resurrection fern - fern growing on rocks or tree trunks and having fronds greyish and scurfy belowresurrection fern - fern growing on rocks or tree trunks and having fronds greyish and scurfy below; Americas and South Africa
polypody - any of numerous ferns of the genus Polypodium
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Considering the wide spectrum of taxa classified as resurrection plants, the discussion focuses mainly on the literary histories of four species in particular: rose of Jericho (Anastatica hierochuntica), resurrection moss (Selaginella lepidophylla), resurrection fern (Pleopeltis polypodioides), and pincushion lily (Borya nitida).
The resurrection fern has the uncanny ability to seemingly die and come back to life.
Trees include Japanese maple, magnolia, photinia, ginkgo, river birch, potted sago palms and vitex, and live oaks covered with resurrection fern.
It is unusual to find a live oak that does not have many epiphytes or air plants living on it, especially resurrection fern or spanish moss, that lacy, romantic symbol of the South Spanish moss is an epiphyte, or tropical air plant, that requires another plant for mechanical support but not nutrients because it has its own system for producing food.
CCNC president Prentiss Cox delights in pointing out special areas along the center's two-and-a-half miles of trails, from a massive bodock tree to the smallest sprig of resurrection fern growing on a tree stump.
Resurrection fern plants, harvested from hard wood trees in the vicinities of Oxford, MS and Auburn AL, were cleaned, air dried and pulverized.
Along much of the trail is a maturing canopy of hardwood trees, most notably live oaks with their majestic arching arms festooned with resurrection fern.
It is called resurrection fern because it appears dead during dry times but wet weather will "resurrect" it and the leaves will unfold and become green again.