Looks can be deceiving

Resurrection Fern is a remarkable plant that usually grows on a host plant - often Oaks - without robbing them of nutrients.  Classified as an Epiphyte or Air Plant they make their home on a host plant, but still photosynthesize the same as other plants.  They absorb water through their leaves, so they do no damage to the trees they grow upon. A Resurrection fern can lose up to 75% of its water content in normal dry conditions and up to 97% in extreme drought conditions.   Most plants can only loose about 10% of their water content before they die.    The reason it is called a Resurrection fern is that with just a little bit of water it comes back to life right before your eyes.  That's pretty impressive resiliency - to look seemingly dead and be very much alive.  Looks can be deceiving.  

Here's a video that explains the scientific processes of how the Resurrection Fern is able to seemingly die and resurrect.

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