Syn.: Ctenopteris vulgaris (L.) Newman
Family: Polypodiaceae Berchtold et J. Presl

Polypodium vulgare

Distribution: Europe, temperate Asia, mountains of Northern Africa, Southern Africa, antarctic islands Kerguelen, Northern America, Hawaiian Islands.

Ecology: Grows in woods, on shady rocks. Sporangia ripen from July to August.

Description: Perennial fern with creeping rhizome and evergreen leaves, 10–30 cm high. The leaves are pinnately divided, pinnules alternate, lanceolate and entire. The plant is very variable.

Note: The rhizomes are used medicinally.

Polypodium vulgare
Polypodium vulgare
Polypodium vulgarePolypodium vulgare

These images were taken in Czechia, Brno (November 9, 2003).