Monographs Details: Polypodium polypodioides var. burchelii (L. & Baker) Watt & Weath.
Authority: Mori, S. A., et al. 1997. Guide to the vascular plants of central French Guiana: Part 1. Pteridophytes, gymnosperms, and monocotyledons. Mem. New York Bot. Gard. 76: 1-422.
Description:Species Description - Plants epiphytic, appearing brown and lifeless when dry but turning green after rehydration. Rhizomes long-creeping, 2 mm diam., covered with black scales with pale margins, the scales 2 mm long. Fronds widely spaced, pinnatifid; petiole 3-10 cm long, black, covered with same kinds of scales as rhizome; blade with linear segments, the segments 10-20 X 3-5 mm, the adaxial surface glabrous, the abaxial surface covered with scales smaller and lighter colored than those of rhizome; veins not visible. Sori round, numerous on each segment, near margin.
Distribution and Ecology - In cloud forest and in disturbed areas of lowland forest.