Flora of Northern Ireland
  • Polypodium interjectum Shivas - Intermediate Polypody - Polypodiaceae
Polypodium interjectum
© Paul Hackney
Polypodium interjectum
(Map updated: March 2008)
 

This species is a member of the Polypodium vulgare complex, and has an interesting origin; it is an ancient hybrid between Polypodium vulgare sensu stricto and Polypodium cambricum. The species is a hexaploid with six sets of chromosomes; each set has 37 chromosomes, giving a total of 222 altogether. Because it is a hybrid it is intermediate in both form and habitat, with some plants being easily mistaken for either of the two parent species. Examination of the sporangia under a microscope is usually required for accurate identification.

All names: Polypodium interjectum Shivas; Polypodium vulgare ssp. prionodes (Asch.) Rothm.