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Polypody Fern

Polypodium vulgare

Plant Data

Order:
Polypodiales
Family:
Polypodiaceae (Polypod Fern)
Flowers:
No flowers. Ferns reproduce by means of spores.
Leaves:
Evergreen. Narrow and oblong, leathery, dark green fronds that are blunt and untoothed.
Maximum Size:
30cm tall.
Foraging Notes:
The root is edible and very sweet-tasting, somewhat resembling licorice. However, its roots are thin and fibrous making it difficult to chew.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Aroma:
The root has an unpleasant smell.
Other Names:
Adder's Fern, Brake Root, Common Polypody, Eastern Polypody, Ever Fern, Female Fern, Golden Locks, Golden Maidenhair, Lady's Milk, Rock Brake, Rock Polypody Fern, Rockcap Fern, Wall Fern, Wood Licorice, Word Fern.
Habitats:
Rocks, walls, woodland.