Pleopeltis michauxiana

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Pleopeltis michauxiana
Pleopeltis polypodioides Gil.jpg
Photo taken by Gil Nelson
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Pteridophyta – Ferns
Class: Filicopsida
Order: Polypodiales
Family: Polypodiaceae
Genus: Pleopeltis
Species: P. michauxiana
Binomial name
Pleopeltis michauxiana
(Weatherby) Hickey & Sprunt
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Natural range of Pleopeltis michauxiana from USDA NRCS Plants Database.

Common name: Resurrection fern

Taxonomic notes

Synonyms: Pleopeltis polypodioides; Pleopeltis polypodioides (Linnaeus) E.G. Andrews & Windham var. michauxiana (Weatherby) E.G. Andrews & Windham; Polypodium polypodioides (Linnaeus) Watt; Polypodium polypodioides (Linnaeus) Watt var. michauxianum Weatherby; Marginaria polypodioides (Linnaeus) Tidestrom; Pleopeltis polypodioides ssp. michauxiana


A description of Pleopeltis michauxiana is provided in The Flora of North America.




In the Coastal Plain in Florida and Georgia, P. michauxiana is an epiphytic plant that can be found in cabbage palm hammocks, trunks of sand live oaks, live oaks, ravines, old fallen logs, limestone fern grottos, cherry trees, and upland trees. [1] It can also be found on shaded roadside banks, hiking trails in mixed hardwood forests, and on clay bank roadsides. This epiphytic fern lacks soil which puts it at a high risk of desiccation although it is able to survive a significant amount of time without any water source. [2] Associated species include Pinus clausa, Quercus geminata, Quercus falcata and Quercus virginiana. [1]

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References and notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 Florida State University Robert K. Godfrey Herbarium database. URL: Last accessed: July 2015. Collectors: : Cecil R Slaughter, Loran C. Anderson, Robert K. Godfrey, Robert Kral, C. Jackson, Gwynn W. Ramsey, Sidney McDaniel, Patricia Elliot, J. P. Gillespie, Ira L. Wiggins, Dorothy B. Wiggins, Kathy Craddock Burks, B. Auld, B. Moore, P. L. Redfearn, Jr., R. F. Thorne, A. Gholson Jr., Wilson Baker, Susanne Cooper, Richard S. Mitchell, S. W. Leonard, C. H. Beck, Robert J Lemaire, Tiffani Floyd, Roy Komarek, J. B. Nelson, Chris Cooksey, Richard Gaskalla, David Printiss. States and Counties: Florida: Brevard, Citrus, Dixie, Flagler, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Hernando, Indian River, Jackson, Jefferson, Lafayette, Leon, Liberty, Madison, Martin, Okaloosa, Pasco, Pinellas, Santa Rosa, Taylor, Wakulla, Washington. Georgia: Grady. Compiled by Tall Timbers Research Station and Land Conservancy.
  2. Dubuisson, J.-Y., H. Schneider, et al. (2009). "Epiphytism in ferns: diversity and history." Comptes Rendus Biologies 332: 120-128.