Resurrection fern (Polypodium polypodioides) is a fascinating plant that grows on the branches of trees as an epiphyte. It gets all of its nutrients from the air, rainfall, and decaying debris that collects on the branch where it is growing. It is so named because of the way the seemingly dead fern springs back to life after a rain. The fronds will appear brown and withered for long periods of time, but within minutes of receiving moisture it is lush and green again. It is found in large portions of the Southeastern U.S. and throughout tropical America, as well as Southern Africa (USDA Zones 6-11).