Polypodium cambricum

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Polypodium cambricum
Polypodium cambricum 002.jpg
P. cambricum showing spores
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Pteridophyta
Class: Polypodiopsida/Pteridopsida
Order: Polypodiales
(unranked): Eupolypods I
Family: Polypodiaceae
Genus: Polypodium
Species: P. cambricum
Binomial name
Polypodium cambricum

Polypodium cambricum, the southern polypody[1] or Welsh polypody, is a species of fern in the family Polypodiaceae, native to southern and western Europe. It is a spreading, terrestrial, deciduous fern growing to 60 cm (24 in) tall, with pinnate fronds. The sori are yellow in winter. [2]

The specific epithet cambricum means "Welsh",[3] from the Latinized form of Cymru, the Welsh name for Wales.

The cultivar Polypodium cambricum (Cristatum Group) 'Grandiceps Fox', with conspicuous branching crests, has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.[4]


  1. ^ "BSBI List 2007". Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland. Archived from the original (xls) on 2015-02-25. Retrieved 2014-10-17. 
  2. ^ RHS A-Z encyclopedia of garden plants. United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. 2008. p. 1136. ISBN 1405332964. 
  3. ^ Harrison, Lorraine (2012). RHS Latin for gardeners. United Kingdom: Mitchell Beazley. p. 224. ISBN 9781845337315. 
  4. ^ "RHS Plant Selector - Polypodium cambricum (Cristatum Group) 'Grandiceps Fox'". Retrieved 17 July 2013.