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Polypodium spp.

Polypodium polypodioides, Loxahatchee by Korall (CC BY 3.0)

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This genus of around 100 species of evergreen or deciduous ferns in the Polypodiaceae family has a worldwide distribution and a centre of diversity in the tropics. They can be epiphytic or terrestrial and with either simple or pinnately-divided fronds and creeping rhizomes. Being easy to grow, they are popular in cultivation as ornamental garden plants and many varieties and cultivars are available. They prefer a moist, shady site but can tolerate sun if given sufficient moisture.