Rahul Sharma

Polypodium californicum

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Kingdom  Plantae
Order  Polypodiales
Genus  Polypodium
Rank  Species
Division  Pteridophyta
Family  Polypodiaceae
Scientific name  Polypodium californicum
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Class  Polypodiopsida/Pteridopsida (disputed)
Similar  Polypodium calirhiza, Polypodium hesperium, Polypodium scouleri, Polypodium appalachianum, Dryopteris arguta

Polypodium californicum is a species of fern known by the common name California polypody.

It is native to Baja California and California, where it grows along the coastline as well as in moist spots in coastal foothills and mountain ranges in the southern part of its distribution.

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Description

Polypodium californicum Wildflowers NPS SAMO NRA Polypodium californicum detail page

This polypody anchors with a scaly rhizome. It produces oval to triangular leaves up to 70 centimetres (28 in) in length and 20 centimetres (7.9 in) in width. Each leaf is made up of many dull-pointed lance-shaped segments which may be thin or firm or somewhat fleshy, and have lightly serrated edges. The underside of each leaf segment is lined with a double row of flattened or sunken sori, which contain the spores.

Polypodium californicum Polypodium californicum 3939 California polypody from Gold Rush Nursery
Polypodium californicum California Polypody Polypodium californicum
Polypodium californicum CalPhotos Polypodium californicum Finger Fern
Polypodium californicum California Polypody Polypodium californicum

References

Polypodium californicum Wikipedia


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