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Family Polypodiaceae

HAWAII - NATURALIZED

Phymatosorus grossus

Ho'omaluhia BG, Kaneohe, Oahu

MAILE-SCENTED FERN    LAUA'E

Escape from cultivation abundant in mesic & wet valleys & lowlands.  Glossy fronds have a vanilla-like scent, veins indistinct, rhizomes lack golden hair.  Contrary to popular belief this species is not native to Hawaii.  Native to Tropical Asia.  Similar to the Rabbit's-foot Fern.  Formerly known as Microsorum scolopendria.