Polypodium L.


Description of the genus

Fronds pinnatifid to pinnate, monomorphic, articulated. Sori circular to oval, mostly in 1 or 2 rows on either side of primary or secondary veins.


Derivation of name:  poly: many, pous: foot; a refernce to the creeping rhizome with its many, spaced leaf stalks.

Worldwide: c. 100 species, cosmopolitan



We have 3 taxa in the database for Polypodium.

  • Polypodium cambricum L.
  • Polypodium ensiforme Thunb.
  • Polypodium vulgare L.