Resurrection Fern on Live Oak Tree

Resurrection Fern, Back Lit

Early morning sunlight shining through dried Resurrection Fern and a few fallen leaves on a Live Oak branch.

Resurrection Fern
Resurrection Fern

Common all around the low country, this fern will go from brown to green in a matter of hours after a good rain.

Resurrection Fern on Live Oak Tree
Resurrection Fern on Live Oak Tree

This remarkable plant can lose about 75 percent of its water content during a typical dry period and possibly up to 97 percent in an extreme drought. During this time, it shrivels up to a grayish brown clump of leaves. When it is exposed to water again, it will “come back to life” and look green and healthy.

The resurrection fern is a type of epiphytic fern, which means it grows on top of other plants or structures and reproduces by spores, not seeds.

— National Wildlife Federation nwf.org/

13 thoughts on “Resurrection Fern, Back Lit”

  1. This is a really fantastic photo, and super info, Ellen! I remember the first time a naturalist explained to me about the Resurrection Fern, and she demonstrated using a spray bottle of water. I have always found this a fascinating phenomenon of nature.

    1. Thanks, Carol! Oh how cool to see that. I’ve also ways thought a time-lapse video would be cool but didn’t think of creating the action with spray. It is amazing, and pretty in all of its stages.

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