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Polypodies (Polypodium)
Polypodies are creeping ferns that grow on the ground or over trees and rocks, each frond sprouting separately from their rhizome as it grows. The scientific name Polypodium is based on the Greek words for "many feet", which comes from the creeping rhizome's many branches. Several species have been domesticated for use as ornamentals and potted plants.
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Lifespan
Perennial
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Key Facts About Polypodies

Attributes of Polypodies

Leaf type
Semi-evergreen

Scientific Classification of Polypodies

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Distribution of Polypodies

Distribution Map of Polypodies

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Exploring the Polypodies Plants

8 most common species:
Polypodium vulgare
Common polypody
Common polypody is a fern which grows well in moist, shady areas and spreads by creeping rhizome. It produces brightly hued evergreen foliage with spores on the undersides of the fronds. This fern makes a nice complement to flowerbeds, rose beds, and shady gardens.
Polypodium virginianum
Rock polypody
Rock polypody (Polypodium virginianum) is a perennial evergreen plant that prefers moist, humus-rich soil that is well drained. Thrives in partial shade to full shade. It may be hard to grow in the beginning but with proper conditions will multiply with underground creeping rhizome roots.
Polypodium glycyrrhiza
Licorice Fern
Licorice Fern (Polypodium glycyrrhiza) is a perennial plant that is an evergreen species. Licorice Fern can grow to be 30 cm tall. It is commonly found growing on the trunks of deciduous trees and thrives in a humid climate. It has been popular amongst Aboriginal people for its sweet taste.
Polypodium cambricum
Southern polypody
Southern polypody has the appearance characteristic of a fern. It is frequently planted in woodland, cottage, and rock gardens. Southern polypody is also used as ground cover in beds, borders, and underneath shrubs and roses. The spores on the underside of the leaves turn yellow in winter, giving it a highly unique appearance.
Polypodium californicum
California polypody
California polypody (Polypodium californicum) is indigenous to the western coast of North America, as indicated in both its common and scientific names' mentions of California. It proliferates along the shore and in mountains and foothills where there's sufficient moisture. It requires at least partial shade.
Polypodium scouleri
Leathery polypody
Polypodium scouleri is a fern native to some parts of North America that is commonly known as leathery polypody. It grows across coastlines and is usually threatened by sea spray and dense fogs.
Polypodium interjectum
Intermediate polypody
Intermediate polypody ( Polypodium interjectum ) is a species of fern native to Central Europe from the order of the spotted fern (Polypodiales). The plant grows to heights of 20 to 40 cm . The leaflets are pointed, the bay between the leaflets usually has no cartilage connection with the midrib.
Polypodium appalachianum
Appalachian polypody
Appalachian polypody (Polypodium appalachianum) is a terrestrial fern that is an epiphyte, depending on air and water for nutrients. Fronds grow straight out of the ground with long underground rhizomes. It is commonly found growing on rocks and cervices.

All Species of Polypodies

Common polypody
Polypodium vulgare
Common polypody
Common polypody is a fern which grows well in moist, shady areas and spreads by creeping rhizome. It produces brightly hued evergreen foliage with spores on the undersides of the fronds. This fern makes a nice complement to flowerbeds, rose beds, and shady gardens.
Rock polypody
Polypodium virginianum
Rock polypody
Rock polypody (Polypodium virginianum) is a perennial evergreen plant that prefers moist, humus-rich soil that is well drained. Thrives in partial shade to full shade. It may be hard to grow in the beginning but with proper conditions will multiply with underground creeping rhizome roots.
Licorice Fern
Polypodium glycyrrhiza
Licorice Fern
Licorice Fern (Polypodium glycyrrhiza) is a perennial plant that is an evergreen species. Licorice Fern can grow to be 30 cm tall. It is commonly found growing on the trunks of deciduous trees and thrives in a humid climate. It has been popular amongst Aboriginal people for its sweet taste.
Southern polypody
Polypodium cambricum
Southern polypody
Southern polypody has the appearance characteristic of a fern. It is frequently planted in woodland, cottage, and rock gardens. Southern polypody is also used as ground cover in beds, borders, and underneath shrubs and roses. The spores on the underside of the leaves turn yellow in winter, giving it a highly unique appearance.
California polypody
Polypodium californicum
California polypody
California polypody (Polypodium californicum) is indigenous to the western coast of North America, as indicated in both its common and scientific names' mentions of California. It proliferates along the shore and in mountains and foothills where there's sufficient moisture. It requires at least partial shade.
Leathery polypody
Polypodium scouleri
Leathery polypody
Polypodium scouleri is a fern native to some parts of North America that is commonly known as leathery polypody. It grows across coastlines and is usually threatened by sea spray and dense fogs.
Intermediate polypody
Polypodium interjectum
Intermediate polypody
Intermediate polypody ( Polypodium interjectum ) is a species of fern native to Central Europe from the order of the spotted fern (Polypodiales). The plant grows to heights of 20 to 40 cm . The leaflets are pointed, the bay between the leaflets usually has no cartilage connection with the midrib.
Appalachian polypody
Polypodium appalachianum
Appalachian polypody
Appalachian polypody (Polypodium appalachianum) is a terrestrial fern that is an epiphyte, depending on air and water for nutrients. Fronds grow straight out of the ground with long underground rhizomes. It is commonly found growing on rocks and cervices.
Polypodium cambricum subsp. macaronesicum
Polypodium cambricum subsp. macaronesicum
Polypodium cambricum subsp. macaronesicum
Polypodium cambricum subsp. macaronesicum are creeping ferns that grow on the ground or over trees and rocks, each frond sprouting separately from their rhizome as it grows. The scientific name Polypodium is based on the Greek words for "many feet", which comes from the creeping rhizome's many branches. Several species have been domesticated for use as ornamentals and potted plants.
Nested polypody
Polypodium calirhiza
Nested polypody
Polypodium calirhiza is a species of fern in the polypody family. Its common names include nested polypody and habit polypody. The leaflets on each leaf are broad and oval-shaped, coming to a dull point. This fern is sometimes epiphytic.
Polypodium ensiforme
Polypodium ensiforme
Polypodium ensiforme
Polypodium ensiforme are creeping ferns that grow on the ground or over trees and rocks, each frond sprouting separately from their rhizome as it grows. The scientific name Polypodium is based on the Greek words for "many feet", which comes from the creeping rhizome's many branches. Several species have been domesticated for use as ornamentals and potted plants.
Irregular polypody
Polypodium amorphum
Irregular polypody
Irregular polypody are creeping ferns that grow on the ground or over trees and rocks, each frond sprouting separately from their rhizome as it grows. The scientific name Polypodium is based on the Greek words for "many feet", which comes from the creeping rhizome's many branches. Several species have been domesticated for use as ornamentals and potted plants.
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Polypodium
Polypodies are creeping ferns that grow on the ground or over trees and rocks, each frond sprouting separately from their rhizome as it grows. The scientific name Polypodium is based on the Greek words for "many feet", which comes from the creeping rhizome's many branches. Several species have been domesticated for use as ornamentals and potted plants.
Lifespan
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Key Facts About Polypodies

Attributes of Polypodies

Leaf type
Semi-evergreen

Scientific Classification of Polypodies

distribution

Distribution of Polypodies

Distribution Map of Polypodies

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Native
Cultivated
Invasive
Potentially invasive
Exotic
No species reported
species

Exploring the Polypodies Plants

8 most common species:
Polypodium vulgare
Common polypody
Common polypody is a fern which grows well in moist, shady areas and spreads by creeping rhizome. It produces brightly hued evergreen foliage with spores on the undersides of the fronds. This fern makes a nice complement to flowerbeds, rose beds, and shady gardens.
Polypodium virginianum
Rock polypody
Rock polypody (Polypodium virginianum) is a perennial evergreen plant that prefers moist, humus-rich soil that is well drained. Thrives in partial shade to full shade. It may be hard to grow in the beginning but with proper conditions will multiply with underground creeping rhizome roots.
Polypodium glycyrrhiza
Licorice Fern
Licorice Fern (Polypodium glycyrrhiza) is a perennial plant that is an evergreen species. Licorice Fern can grow to be 30 cm tall. It is commonly found growing on the trunks of deciduous trees and thrives in a humid climate. It has been popular amongst Aboriginal people for its sweet taste.
Polypodium cambricum
Southern polypody
Southern polypody has the appearance characteristic of a fern. It is frequently planted in woodland, cottage, and rock gardens. Southern polypody is also used as ground cover in beds, borders, and underneath shrubs and roses. The spores on the underside of the leaves turn yellow in winter, giving it a highly unique appearance.
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All Species of Polypodies

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More Popular Genus

Dracaena
Dracaena
Dracaena are popular house plants that are easy to grow. They can tolerate low-light conditions and require little watering. Their leaves range from variegated to dark green. Their characteristic traits include woody stems that grow slowly but offer a striking appearance for small spaces such as apartments or offices.
Ficus
Fig trees
Fig trees have been cultivated in many regions for their fruits, particularly the common fig, F. carica. Most of the species have edible fruits, although the common fig is the only one of commercial value. Fig trees are also important food sources for wildlife in the tropics, including monkeys, bats, and insects.
Rubus
Brambles
Brambles are members of the rose family, and there are hundreds of different types to be found throughout the European countryside. They have been culturally significant for centuries; Christian folklore stories hold that when the devil was thrown from heaven, he landed on a bramble bush. Their vigorous growth habit can tangle into native plants and take over.
Acer
Maples
The popular tree family known as maples change the color of their leaves in the fall. Many cultural traditions encourage people to watch the colors change, such as momijigari in Japan. Maples popular options for bonsai art. Alternately, their sap is used to create maple syrup.
Prunus
Prunus
Prunus is a genus of flowering fruit trees that includes almonds, cherries, plums, peaches, nectarines, and apricots. These are often known as "stone fruits" because their pits are large seeds or "stones." When prunus trees are damaged, they exhibit "gummosis," a condition in which the tree's gum (similar to sap) is secreted to the bark to help heal external wounds.
Solanum
Nightshades
Nightshades is a large and diverse genus of plants, with more than 1500 different types worldwide. This genus incorporates both important staple food crops like tomato, potato, and eggplant, but also dangerous poisonous plants from the nightshade family. The name was coined by Pliny the Elder almost two thousand years ago.
Rosa
Roses
Most species of roses are shrubs or climbing plants that have showy flowers and sharp thorns. They are commonly cultivated for cut flowers or as ornamental plants in gardens due to their attractive appearance, pleasant fragrance, and cultural significance in many countries. The rose hips (fruits) can also be used in jams and teas.
Quercus
Oaks
Oaks are among the world's longest-lived trees, sometimes growing for over 1,000 years! The oldest known oak tree is in the southern United States and is over 1,500 years old. Oaks produce an exceedingly popular type of wood which is used to make different products, from furniture and flooring to wine barrels and even cosmetic creams.
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