Common Names: Serpent Fern, Golden Polpody
Former name: Polypodium aureum
Habit: Phlebodium aureum grows as an epiphyte with a creeping rhizome. Rhizome covered with dense soft, orange–brown trichomes. Fronds arise alternately along the rhizome each lasting a single year. The fronds slightly deltoid in shape with pinnate lobes, to 1 meter in length (typically shorter). Pinnae lobes are linear-lanceolate (terminal lobe largest), to 20 cm in length, entire with an acute apex.
The sori are round and produced in rows on the abaxial surface.
Habitat: Phlebodium aureum grows as an epiphyte in Sabal palmetto tops at the base of the petioles along the trunk.
Distribution in Bahamas/Globally: Phlebodium aureum occurs in the central and northern island groupings of the Bahamian Archipelago as well as Florida, the entire Caribbean Region and Central and South America.
Medicinal/Cultural/Economic usage: Phlebodium aureum is not used medicinally in the Bahamas.