Scientific Name & Nicknames: Phymatosorus scolopendria; Musk Fern, Laua’e, Maile-Scented Fern, Wart Fern
- Region of Origin: Native to parts of Oceania and tropical Asia.
- Type: Beautiful
- Description: Bearing fronds that resemble breadfruit leaves, the hardy Laua’e fern is one of the most beautiful and well-known ferns throughout the Hawaiian islands, its snaky green stems intertwine at ground level with carpets of shiny indented finger-like leaves. Its leaves can be as large as 2′ long. Laua’e fern requires moisture, warmth, and shade to ensure optimal growth.
2) Plant Uses:
- As Food: none
- As Medicine: n/a
- Other Uses: Cut fronds can last about a week for flower displays. The crushed leaves of some populations of this fern have a pleasant Maile (vanilla-like) fragrance and are used to make leis and to scent tapa.
Location on Property: Garden B