Polypody - Polypodium vulgare


Fern with narrow oblong fronds, the pinnae more or less equal in length some way up from the base, usually untoothed and blunt. Sori are circular when young.


Rocks and walls, even old trees.

When to see it

Spores ripe from August onwards.

Life History

Evergreen perennial

UK Status

Widespread in Britain, though only locally frequent.

VC55 Status

Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland but can be quite common where it occurs, such as on the stone faces of old quarries. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 33 of the 617 tetrads.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map