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Polypodium scouleri

Polypodium scouleri Hook. & Grev.

Leathery Polypody, Rock Polypody

Polypodiaceae (Polypody Family)


USDA Symbol: POSC4

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)

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.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb , Fern
Leaf Retention: Evergreen
Size Class: 0-1 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Not Applicable
Bloom Notes: Not a flowering plant. Reproduces by spores.


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

Growing Conditions

Light 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.


Description: Divide the rhizome or propagate by spores.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden - Santa Barbara, CA

Additional resources

USDA: Find Polypodium scouleri in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Polypodium scouleri in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Polypodium scouleri


Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff

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