Polypody - Polypodium vulgare


Various species of Polypody are very similar in appearance, and need to be separated by detailed examination of the sporing frond. Our VC55 experts have indicated that they are willing to check specimens from our area sent to them by NatureSpot users (contact NatureSpot for more details).  Any Polypody records not subjected to detailed examination should be recorded on our Polypody aggregate page.

Identification difficulty
Recording advice

See under ‘Description’


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.

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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