Polypodium virginianum L. - Common Polypody

Polypodium virginianum plant

Family - Polypodiaceae

Stems - No info. yet.

Leaves - No info. yet.

Polypodium virginianum leafAbaxial surface of fertile leaf.

Inflorescence - No info. yet.

Flowers - No flowers, plant reproducing by spores.

Polypodium virginianum soriClose-up of some of the sori.

Flowering - June - August.

Habitat - Ledges and crevices of bluffs and boulders, typically on acidic substrates.

Origin - Native to U.S.

Other info. - This species can be found mostly in the southeastern 1/4 of Missouri. The plant slightly resembles another species, P. polypodioides (L.) Watt, but the latter is more epiphytic, has smaller leaves, and shrivels greatly when lacking water.
P. virginianum is believed to be a fertile hybrid of two other species, P. appalachianum Haufler & Windham and P. sibiricum Sipliv., neither of which is found wild in Missouri.

Photographs taken at Hanging Rock State Park, NC., 3-22-03.


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