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Polypodium scouleri Hook. & Grev.
Leathery polypody, Rock polypody
USDA Symbol: POSC4
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
The bold, simply divided, leathery fronds of this fern are dark evergreen and up to 12 in. long. The branching rhizomes are often exposed and are effective tumbling over rocks and logs.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Not Applicable
Bloom Notes: Not a flowering plant. Reproduces by spores.
CA , OR , WA Canada: BC Native Distribution:
Near the coast from s. B.C. to s. CA Native Habitat:
Exposed cliffs, banks & tree
trunks often within reach of salt spray USDA Native Status: L48(N), CAN(N)
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
Soil Description: Moist soils.
Conditions Comments: Thrives in salt spray. Considered the most attractive of the west coast polypodies but is regarded as the most difficult to cultivate.
Divide the rhizome
or propagate by spores. Seed Collection:
Not Available Seed Treatment:
Not Available Commercially Avail:
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
- Santa Barbara, CA
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Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff