Here in the swamps we have a diminutive air plant which I think of as our “meteorology plant” instead because it shrivels up and dies in the winter dry season only to turn green in an ecological instant when the summer rains start back up again …
Everyone else knows it as resurrection fern.
As rainy as it’s been here in south Florida this winter (thanks to the El Nino),
Does that mean it’s been greening up through the dry season?
I walked through shin-deep water to see one,
(within the pond apple heart of the swamps),
Only to find it shriveled and dry on the craggy branch where it clung.
It only makes sense then that their patron plant would follow suit!