Connecticut Plants
Common Polypody (Rock Polypody)
Polypodium virginianum L.
  • Synonyms: Polypodium vulgare L. var. virginianum (L.) Eaton
  • Family: polypody (Polypodiaceae)
  • Habitat: rich woods and open woods; usually on rocks or boulders
  • Height: fronds 6-12 inches long
  • Location of spores: underside of fronds
  • Petiole (leaf stalk): ungrooved; smooth or scattered with thin light-brown scales
  • Growth pattern: random
  • Persistence: evergreen
  • Origin: native
Polypodium virginianum L.
Polypodium virginianum L.

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