Canon EOS Rebel XSi/450D; 1/60s, f/5.6, ISO 160, focal length 65.0mm; Canon 55-250 lens; AUTO setting
Thanks to Rosalie Scanlon for identifying this as a Resurrection Fern!
A very old live oak tree filled with Spanish moss, ferns and vines. Location – Floral City, Florida, USA. Photo taken from the open car window.
FEATURED in , March 16, 2013
From the University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences website:
Resurrection fern (Polypodium polypodioides)
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 and 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 tiny plant has even been taken on a space shuttle mission to watch it resurrect itself in space!