licorice fern
(Polypodium glycyrrhiza | many-footed fern | sweet root)

An evergreen fern native to western North America, it thrives in areas with cool, moist summers and warm, wet winters. It often grows on the trunks and branches of deciduous trees, particularly the big-leaf maple.

It got its name from its licorice-flavored rhizome [an underground stem, but not the root], which was chewed by, for example, the Squamish, the Comox, and the Haida. The rhizomes were also used as a treatment for colds and sore throats.

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Categories: ferns flora

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