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Polypodium glycyrrhiza

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Polypodium glycyrrhiza
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Polypodium glycyrrhiza

Species Name: Polypodium glycyrrhiza
Common Name: Licorice Fern

Epiphytic fern with sweet licorice taste. Grows in well-drained soil and mossy rocks or logs. Associated with Acer macrophyllum in riparian areas.

Plant Family: Polypodiaceae
Plant Type: Fern
Height by Width: Low, fronds 3-18 long
Growth Habit: Low, trailing
Deciduous/Evergreen: Summer-deciduous
Growth Rate: Moderate
Sun Exposure: Shade or partial sun
Soil Preference: Well-draining
Water Requirements: Regular
Cold Hardy to: Frost tender
Flower Season:
Flower Color:
Endangered?: Not Listed
Distribution: North Coast, North Coast Ranges, north Sierra Nevada foothills, north and central High Sierra Nevada, Central Coast, San Francisco Bay area
Natural Habitat: Generally near coast on plants, rocks, moist rocky banks, mossy logs; less than 1,800 feet elevation



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