The Barnacle Historic State Park - Coconut Grove (June 2, 2008)
Live Oak (Quercus virginiana) - This tree lives to be one of the oldest and most sturdy of Florida's trees. Although it may grow slower than other trees, it is better able to withstand hurricane winds, fires, droughts, and floods than other hardwoods. In the days of sailing ships, the large arching limbs were highly sought after for making ship ribs and knees. Today, these trees furnish shade and beauty for millions of park visitors throughout Florida.
If you look closely, you can see what might appear to be leaves growing on top of the huge limbs. That is Resurrection Fern (Polypodium polypodioides), an air plant. The Resurrection Fern gets its name because it can survive long periods of drought by curling up and appearing dead. When just a little water is present, the fern will uncurl and reopen, appearing to resurrect. This tiny plant has even been taken on a space shuttle mission to watch it resurrect itself in space!