Resurrection Fern
(Pleopeltis polypodioides)
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Classification:
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Pteridophyta
Class: Pteridopsida
Order: Polypodiales
Family: Polypodiacea
Genus: Pleopeltis

Regions:
Americas and South Africa

Description and Info:
The Resurrection Fern is common throughout much of North America, South America and Central America as well as South Africa. Similar to other Ferns, The Resurrection Ferm is asexual and releases spores to reproduce. The Resurrection Fern is an Epiphytic Fern, which means it grows on other plants and structures.This Plant can be found on tree trunks and limbs, rocks and boulders around streams and swamps. Although they seem to require a host, the Resurrection Fern does not gain any nutritional benefits. Typically, these plants grow in moist and shady areas where they are able to absorb nutrients from the air. However, due to this plants amazing ability to withstand severe droughts, it can live in a variety of habitats. The Resurrection Fern can lose about 75% of its water content and be perfectly fine. It is estimated that in extreme conditions the Resurrection fern can lose 97% of its water content and still survive.r Ferns are very much distinguishable from other flowering plant in that they are much simpler organisms. The Resurrection Fern consists of a root, stem and leaf. Ferns were among some of the first plants to develope a vascular system. An average Resurrection Fern will have fronds that are typically 4 to 12 inches in length. The Resurrection Fern has earned its name from its reputation of shriveling up during droughts and miraculously recovering after a rain shower.
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Human Use:
The Resurrection Fern can be used for decorative purposes in lawns. It is likely to be placed on fences, between rocks, on tree trunks, fallen logs stumps or ledges. Unfortunately, the plants ornamental features are often absent and only present after a rain storm.

Other Epiphytes:

Orchids:
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Bromeliads:
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Spanish moss:
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Fun Fact:
In the event of a severe drought, researchers suggest that the Resurrection Fern may be able to survive for up to 100 years without water. In 1997, the resurrection fern was taken into space aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery to watch its resurrection in zero gravity.

Videos:
Resurrection
The Resurrection Ferm

Sources:
www.wikipedia.org
www.missouribotanicalgarden.org
http://www.nwf.org/Wildlife/Wildlife-Library/Plants/Resurrection-Fern.aspx
http://msucares.com/lawn/garden/msgardens/05/050718.html
http://www.floridata.com/ref/p/poly_pol.cfm