Polypody agg. - Polypodium vulgare agg.


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 this Polypody aggregate page.

Identification difficulty


Recording advice

See under ‘Description’


Rocks and walls, even old trees.

When to see it

All year round - Spores ripe from August onwards.

Life History

Evergreen perennial.

UK Status

Widespread as an aggregate in Britain, though only locally frequent

VC55 Status

Occasional as an aggregate in Leicestershire and Rutland.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map