Appalachian polypody is a newly-recognized species very similar to common polypody. They are distinguished by subtle differences in the shape of the fronds and by characteristics of their sori visible only under microscope. For more information on these species, see the Flora of North America Polypodium page.
- Family: polypody (Polypodiaceae)
- Habitat: rocky slopes, cliffs
- Height: fronds 6-12 inches long
- Location of spores: underside of fronds
- Petiole (leaf stalk): ungrooved; smooth or scattered with thin light-brown scales
- Growth pattern: random
- Persistence: evergreen
- Origin: native
Photo © Don Lubin, courtesy of Ferns et al. of New England.