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, scaly polypody

Taxonomic notes

Synonyms: Pleopeltis polypodioides ssp. michauxiana; Pleopeltis polypodioides (Linnaeus) E.G. Andrews & Windham var. michauxiana (Weatherby) E.G. Andrews & Windham; Polypodium polypodioides (Linnaeus) Watt var. michauxianum Weatherby[1]

Varieties: none[1]


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.[2] 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.[3] Associated species include Pinus clausa, Quercus geminata, Quercus falcata and Quercus virginiana.[2]

Fire ecology

Populations of Pleopeltis michauxiana have been known to persist through repeated annual burns.[4]

Conservation, cultivation, and restoration

Cultural use

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References and notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 Weakley, A.S. 2020. Flora of the Southeastern United States. Edition of 20 October 2020. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
  2. 2.0 2.1 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.
  3. Dubuisson, J.-Y., H. Schneider, et al. (2009). "Epiphytism in ferns: diversity and history." Comptes Rendus Biologies 332: 120-128.
  4. Robertson, K.M. Unpublished data collected from Pebble Hill Fire Plots, Pebble Hill Plantation, Thomasville, Georgia.