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Polypodiaceae (Polypod Fern)
No flowers. Ferns reproduce by means of spores.
Evergreen. Narrow and oblong, leathery, dark green fronds that are blunt and untoothed.
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.
The root has an unpleasant smell.
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.
Rocks, walls, woodland.