resurrection fern

noun
  1. a drought-resistant, evergreen, epiphytic fern, Polypodium polypodioides, of subtropical to tropical America, appearing to be a ball of coiled, dead leaves in the dry season but reviving with moisture.

Origin of resurrection fern

An Americanism dating back to 1905–10
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