Flora of Northern Ireland
Polypodium vulgare sens. str.
© Graham Day
Polypodium vulgare sens. str.
© Paul Hackney
Polypodium vulgare sens. str.
(Map updated: March 2008)
 

The commonest of the three similar species which make up the polypody complex. This plant is a tetraploid, i.e. it has four sets of chromosomes. It has rather thick, tough leaves up to about 8 inches long (often much smaller) and grows in a variety of habitats: on trees in woodland, on sand dunes, earth banks, rock outcrops.

All names: Polypodium vulgare sens. str. L.; Polypodium vulgare L.; Polypodium vulgare ssp. vulgare L. sensu stricto