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pol·y·po·dy

 (pŏl′ē-pō′dē)
n. pl. pol·y·po·dies
Any of various ferns of the genus Polypodium, or formerly classified in this genus, having creeping rhizomes and often evergreen fronds with narrow undivided leaflets.

[Middle English polypodie, from Latin polypodium, from Greek polupodion, from diminutive of polupous, many-footed : polu-, poly- + pous, pod-, foot; see -pod.]

polypody

(ˈpɒlɪˌpəʊdɪ)
n, pl -dies
1. (Plants) any of various ferns of the genus Polypodium, esp P. vulgare, having deeply divided leaves and round naked sori: family Polypodiaceae
2. (Plants) any fern of the family Polypodiaceae, all having opaque leaves that are divided in most species
[C15: from Latin polypodium, from Greek, from poly- + pous foot]

pol•y•po•dy

(ˈpɒl iˌpoʊ di)

n., pl. -dies.
any of various evergreen ferns of the genus Polypodium, with branching rhizomes and deeply cleft fronds.
[1400–50; late Middle English polypodye < Latin polypodion < Greek polypódion (>New Latin Polypodium); see poly-, -pod, -ium2]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.polypody - any of numerous ferns of the genus Polypodiumpolypody - any of numerous ferns of the genus Polypodium
fern - any of numerous flowerless and seedless vascular plants having true roots from a rhizome and fronds that uncurl upward; reproduce by spores
genus Polypodium, Polypodium - a genus of ferns belonging to the family Polypodiaceae and having rounded naked sori
licorice fern, Polypodium glycyrrhiza - fern having rootstock of a sweetish flavor
gray polypody, grey polypody, Polypodium polypodioides, resurrection fern - fern growing on rocks or tree trunks and having fronds greyish and scurfy below; Americas and South Africa
coast polypody, leatherleaf, leathery polypody, Polypodium scouleri - stiff leathery-leaved fern of western North America having ovate fronds parted to the midrib
American wall fern, Polypodium virgianum, rock polypody, rock brake - chiefly lithophytic or epiphytic fern of North America and east Asia
adder's fern, common polypody, golden maidenhair, Polypodium vulgare, sweet fern, wall fern, golden polypody - mat-forming lithophytic or terrestrial fern with creeping rootstocks and large pinnatifid fronds found throughout North America and Europe and Africa and east Asia
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Strange plants such as polypody, or the many-footed fern, cover the roots of trees with big, triangular leaves.
polypodioides, also known by the common names little gray polypod, scaly polypody, and miracle fern) is a widespread epiphytic fern occurring in South America, Mexico, the southern United States, the Caribbean, and Africa.
Don't panic if you sever one as it will probably regenerate, but do try to avoid doing dry shade, such as hart's tongue fern, Asplenium scolopendrium, Polystichum setiferum, the soft shield fern and the common polypody Polypode vulgare.
However, some of our native evergreen ferns will do very well in dry shade, such as hart's tongue fern, Asplenium scolopendrium, Polystichum setiferum, the soft shield fern and the common polypody Polypode vulgare.
Move on to the California Polypody under a backyard
EVERGREEN The high Devon banks positively drip with polypody - one of the most enduring and most useful evergreens.
Polypody is indestructible and as at home behind a wheelie bin in a city as in a rural wood.
In fact, in the cavity where it grew only the polypody was present, possibly because it was not exposed superficially.