NamingThe scientific name ''P. scolopendria'' has been misapplied to ''Microsorum grossum''.
DistributionIt was introduced in Hawaii in the late 1910s and has subsequently naturalized rapidly. It is found on all main islands. Its Hawaiian name ''lauaʻe'' is thought to have originally referred to the native fern ''Microsorum spectrum''.
UsesWhen crushed, the fern issues a scent similar to maile. Sometimes, pieces of the fern are interlaced in leis made of strung-up keys of the pandanus fruit....hieroglyph snipped... It is also one of the plants used for scenting kapa fabric.
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