Our Golden Polypody Fern is an ephiphytic fern, a plant that lives on other plants but, unlike parasitic plants, does not harm the host tree. Commonly found growing at the base of dead Sabal Palm fronds, called “boots,” the polypody also grows on trunk cavities or on branches where organic matter accumulates. Rainwater sitting in the boot provides nourishment for the fern as well as for a variety of small wildlife.
Latin Name: Phlebodium Aurreum
Habitat: Pine Flatwoods, Oak Hammock, Swamp