Musk fern

Microsorum scolopendria (Polypodiaceae)

Characteristics

Like most ferns, they grow from rhizomes, rather than roots. It forms so called “sori” on the underside of the leaf (brown spots). There, it produces the spores, important for propagation.

Distribution

Native to the Western Pacific rim from Australia to New Caledonia to Fiji and throughout the South Pacific to French Polynesia.

Natural Medical Properties

No known.

Did you know?

The musk fern was introduced in Hawaii in the late 1910s and has subsequently naturalized rapidly.

Further reading:

Literature

World Flora Online
WorldChecklist of Selected Plant Families
A working list of all plant species