The Green Anole, the Resurrection Fern, & the Live Oak; 24 August 2013

Anolis carolinensis, the Carolina green anole,
Pleopeltis polypodioides, the Resurrection fern,
and Quercus virginiana, the Southern live oak;
Volusia county, Florida (24 August 2013).

In Florida, habitats are typically somewhat… jumbled. Such is the certainly the case in these photographs. Here’s the breakdown:

First, you have a rather large Live oak tree (Quercus virginiana). Specifically, this is the Fairchild Oak in Ormond Beach, a somewhat famous and rather long-lived chunk of tree matter. Growing atop many of the Fairchild’s branches are sheaths of Resurrection fern (Pleopeltis polypodioides), an epiphytic, non-parasitic plant that essentially grows atop other plants. Finally, quietly scratching out a living within the Resurrection fern micro-habitat is a young Carolina green anole, Anolis carolinensis, doing its best to survive, grow up, and eventually reproduce.

Truly, one of the joys of plugging in to the natural world around you is realizing how much stuff is happening right in front of you, just above you, and even below your own feet. In a region such as Florida, every square inch is in play when it comes to the game of life — sometimes hidden in otherwise-plain sight.

One Comment on “The Green Anole, the Resurrection Fern, & the Live Oak; 24 August 2013

  1. Pingback: The Brown Anole, the Resurrection Fern, & the Live Oak; 24 August 2013 – floridensis

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