View of entire polypodium formosanum Caterpillar Fern.
Single polypodium formosanum grub Fern frond.
Close up of the "caterpillar" like rhizome of polypodium formosanum.

Polypodium formosanus – Caterpillar / Grub Fern

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Polypodium formosanus – Caterpillar / Grub Fern

Polypodium formosanus, commonly known as the Caterpillar Fern, has a creeping rhizome that resembles a caterpillar or grub! The soft compound leaves of the Caterpillar Fern will vary in color from light green to dark green depending on the light level. One unique aspect of the Caterpillar fern is the scent that it’s leaves produce. The aroma make you feel like you are wandering through the forest.