Monarch fern

Phymatosorus scolopendria

''Phymatosorus scolopendria'' commonly called monarch fern, musk fern, maile-scented fern, breadfruit fern, or wart fern is a species of fern within the family Polypodiaceae. This fern grows in the wild in the Western Pacific rim from Australia to New Caledonia to Fiji and throughout the South Pacific to French Polynesia.
Monarch fern, Palmarium, Madagascar On the forest floor near to coast of Palmarium reserve. Not originally from Madagascar, yet there are existing reports of it here in the far east. Africa,Madagascar,Madagascar 2019,Palmarium reserve,Phymatosorus scolopendria,World

Naming

The scientific name ''P. scolopendria'' has been misapplied to ''Microsorum grossum''.

Distribution

It was introduced in Hawaii in the late 1910s and has subsequently naturalized rapidly. It is found on all main islands. Its Hawaiian name ''lauaŹ»e'' is thought to have originally referred to the native fern ''Microsorum spectrum''.

Uses

When 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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Taxonomy
KingdomPlantae
DivisionPolypodiophyta
ClassPolypodiopsida
OrderPolypodiales
FamilyPolypodiaceae
GenusPhymatosorus
SpeciesPhymatosorus scolopendria
Photographed in
Madagascar