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.

    Identification difficulty

    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