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Common Polypody Fern

Polypodium vulgare

Habitat: Found in wooded areas and along rocks; can growth at many different altitudes

Features: Tips of leaves suddenly taper to a long, rounded end; shiny and smooth looking leaves; leaves stand firm; pinnules are shaped like stretched ovals; grows in a scattered pattern from the ground; medium and hardy fern

Height: 4-15 in. (10-38 cm.)

Axis: Green and smooth

Stalk: Washed out green color

Lexington, MA November 2002
Tapered and rounded leaf tip