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Common Polypody (Rock Polypody)
Polypodium virginianum (Polypodium vulgare)

• Family: Polypodiaceae
• Habitat: rich woods and open woods; usually on rocks or boulders
• Height: fronds 6-12 inches long
• Location of spores: underside of fronds
• Stipe (leaf stalk): ungrooved; smooth or scattered with thin light-brown scales
• Growth pattern: random
• Persistence: evergreen

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Polypodium virginianum


Underside of a frond, showing the round sori (spore-bearing structures).


Last updated November 25, 2005. © 2005 Connecticut Botanical Society. All rights reserved.