The fern who cried water

Are all swamp plants hydrologically alike?

Take for example the story of the pond apple tree and the resurrection fern it supports. (Resurrection fern is an air plant which is commonly found on pond apple branches.)

Recent rains splashed a fresh hue of green over the fern yet a look at water on the forest floor shows waters still remain very low instead.

Why the difference?

The thirsty swamp needs a full summer’s worth of rain to fill its cup up to the brim whereas the frugal-minded fern can get by on just a few drops.

Not quite an Aesop’s Fable (i.e., The Boy who Cried Wolf) but close.

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