Supriya Ghosh

Polypodium australe

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Kingdom  Plantae
Order  Polypodiales
Genus  Polypodium
Division  Pteridophyta
Family  Polypodiaceae
Rank  Species
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Class  Polypodiopsida/Pteridopsida (disputed)
Similar  Polypodium cambricum, Polypodium interjectum, Polypodium hesperium, Polypodium calirhiza, Polypodium appalachianum

Polypodium is derived from the Greek Polus, many, and podion, small foot, since the rhizome bears numerous roots. Australe comes from the Latin auter, wind of the south, for in Europe, this species grows more particularly in southern France. The common polypody is medicinal plant known since the times of Dioscorides, and its rhizome is used against cough and liver diseases.



Perennial. Rhizome elongate, often above ground, densely covered with rusty scales. Fronds distich, 5-30 cm, glabrous, deltoid in outline; petiole yellowish green, shorter than the pinnatipartite limb. Segments 5-28 on each side; margin dentate, marked with a strong midrib. Sori round, 2-4 mm in diameter, orange-yellow, arranged on each side of the midrib of segments.




Shady rocks.


Coast, lower mountain.

Geographic area

Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco.Mediterranean, Atlantic Europe.


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