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Resurrection fern is a fascinating plant very common in the Southeast and found from Florida to New York and west to Texas.The fern is an air plant which means it attaches itself to other plants and gets its nutrients from the air and from water and nutrients that collect on the outer surface of bark.

Resurrection fern lives on the branches
of large trees such as cypresses and live oaks. It is often found in the company of other air plants such as Spanish moss & wild pine.

The resurrection fern gets its name because it can survive long periods of drought by curling up and appearing dead. When just a little water is present, the fern will uncurl and reopen, appearing to resurrect. This plant has even been taken on a space shuttle mission to watch it resurrect itself in space! This tiny, creeping fern has a long stem to which the fronds are attached.

The leathery, evergreen leaves are called fronds and are 4" to 12" long. The fronds are made of smaller, rounded, oblong blades alternately arranged but tending to become opposite.

Like all ferns, the resurrection fern does not reproduce by fruits or seeds but uses spores instead. The spores are found in clusters, called sori, on the bottom of the blades near the edge. The sori appear as brown to black scales. The long, horizontal, skinny stem is less than 1/12" in diameter and is attached to and creeps along the bark of large trees. This is where the fronds then come out from.

You're getting a section no less than 4" x 4" that will have several fern fronds on it for $18

I even have these in my tree frog vivarium and you can make an outside container

shade garden with these too!

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Ferns for terrariums-Resurrection Fern-Polypodium polypodioide


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