The Encyclopedia of House Plants

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Family: Ferns.

Polypodium Family - Polypodiaceae. Genus of about 75 species of mostly evergreen, usually epiphytic, sometimes terrestrial ferns, from tropical regions of the US, Central America, South America, but also from temperate and other tropical regions. Polypodium aureum L. (Phlebodium aureum Smith) has deeply cut leaves on thin stalks. There are unusual features - the rhisome creeps along the surface and it will grow in dry air. Polypodium
Growing conditions Watering and misting Propagation
Average warmth.Good indirect light is the proper location - an east- or north-facing windowsill is ideal. Compost must be kept moist at all times and never allowd to dry out. Misting is necessary. The simplest way is to devide the plant in early spring. Sow spores at 59-61 F (15-16 C) when ripe.

User-submitted additions and corrections:

12th Sep 2010
We have a polypodium that grows on "cahoune" palms in Belize. We call it "talla-walla" and it has creeping fuzzy red rhizomes or feet. It is purported to be a cure for cancer.
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