Monday, January 31, 2011
Resurrection Fern, Selaginella lepidophylla
My focus for the second go-around of the Rainforest Gardens Epiphyte Day (officially the 1st of each month) is the Resurrection Fern, or Selaginella lepidophylla. This is a recent discovery, found at the Portland outpost of Paxton Gate. Here are theirs, on display at the store. While I couldn’t find any concrete documentation saying this plant is an epiphyte it certain seems to fit the description. It really is true…this brown bundle of curls can spring back to life, when given a little water. From the Paxton Gate website…”Native to the Chihuahuan Desert, S. lepidophylla's leaves will curl and dry when deprived of water (one of the common 'tumbleweed species, and uncurl rapidly when rehydrated.” Here is the one I bought…all dried up. And after putting it in water… This is the underside of the plant. Pretty nifty! What to see and learn about other Epiphytes? Click on over to the Rainforest Garden...