Early morning sunlight shining through dried Resurrection Fern and a few fallen leaves on a Live Oak branch.
Common all around the low country, this fern will go from brown to green in a matter of hours after a good rain.
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/