Dark Light
Rock Polypody Fern
Polypodium virginianum

There is something about the way the leaves are on this fern are; how the indentation is rounded instead of sharp, and kind of wide… In a similar way that as a kid you’d put your hand on a piece of paper, and trace around your fingers, and the indentations would be round and wide, and out and bulbous… it just… this fern just…. I like it.

Alternate Names: Rock Cap Fern, Common Polypody
Family: Polypodiaceae
Habitat: Typically grows on boulders, cliffs, and rocky slopes and does not need well-developed soil. 
Identification: "A small rhizomatous fern with narrow leaves 3.1–15.7 in long and 1.2–2.4 in wide, borne on smooth, scaleless petioles 1.2–5.9 in. Leaves are evergreen, oblong and pinnatifid with acuminate tips. Large, circular sori are prominently featured on the underside of fertile fronds in late summer and autumn. Sporangia are intermixed with long brown glandular hairs." From wikipedia

All text and photos copyright © 2022 Middle Way Nature Reserve, unless noted.
Related Posts
Princess Pine Plant

Princess Pine

Often confused with Running Cedar, this clubmoss is flat-branched, and is also called "Ground Pine" due to its resemblance to a tiny pine tree.
Running Cedar Plant

Running Cedar

Clubmoss are SUPER interesting. So interesting that I just have to share this from the Virginia Native Plant Society: "Clubmosses or Lycophytes evolved some 410 million years ago as one of the earliest groups of vascular plants.