There are over 12,000 species of ferns! Common Name: Leathery Polypody

There are over 12,000 species of ferns! Common Name: Leathery Polypody
  • Common Name: Leathery Polypody, Coast Polypody
  • Binomial Name: Polypodium scouleri
  • Soil Type: Moist
  • Sunlight: Part Shade,
  • Full Shade
  • Plant Type: Fern
  • Frond Condition/Foliage: Evergreen, colonizing

With over 12,000 species of ferns on earth, it’s easy to forget about the little known and often overlooked leathery polypody of the Pacific Northwest Coast. Growing in damp woodlands along the Oregon Coastline, leathery polypody has vibrant spore producing sori on the underside of each frond.

The fern takes its common name from its thick, leathery leaves and can be observed growing in the wild at Cape Meares and Oswald West State Park.

This Native Plant of the Month has been brought to you by the City of Beaverton’s Landscape and Urban Forestry Department.