Microsorum membranaceum (D. Don) Ching, Bull. Fan Mem. Inst. Biol. 4(10): 309 1933. (syn: Colysis membranacea (D. Don) J. Sm.; Lepidomicrosorium hymenodes (Kunze) L.Shi & X.C.Zhang; Microsorum carinatum (W. M. Chu & Z.R.He) S.G.Lu; Microsorum hymenodes (Kunze) Ching; Microsorum indicum Ching; Microsorum membranaceum var. carinatum W. M. Chu & Z. R. He; Microsorum schneideri (Christ) Copel.; Phymatodes grandifolia (Wall. ex Christ) C. Presl; Pleopeltis grandifolia (Wall. ex Christ) T. Moore; Pleopeltis membranacea (D. Don) T. Moore; Pleopeltis nigricans (Alderw.) Alderw.; Pleopeltis rupestris var. nigricans Alderw.; Pleopeltis rupestris var. parallela Alderw.; Polypodium grandifolium Wall.; Polypodium huegelii Fée ex Ettingsh.; Polypodium hymenodes Kunze; Polypodium hymenodes var. sparsisorum Takeda; Polypodium membranaceum D. Don; Polypodium membranaceum var. grandifolium (Wall. ex H. Christ) Alderw.; Polypodium nigricans Alderw.; Polypodium normale var. sumatranum Bak.; Polypodium schneideri Christ; Polypodium transparens C. Presl ex Ettingsh.);
Tropical & Subtropical Asia: Assam, Cambodia, China South-Central, China Southeast, East Himalaya, Hainan, India, Japan, Laos, Myanmar, Nepal, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Sulawesi, Taiwan, Thailand, Tibet, Vietnam, West Himalaya as per POWO (Bosmania membranacea (D.Don) Testo);
China (Guangdong, Guangxi, Guizhou, Hainan, Sichuan, Yunnan), Taiwan, Tibet, Japan, Bhutan, Myanmar [Burma], Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, India (Sikkim, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Darjeeling, Meghalaya, Khasia, Jaintla Hills, Manipur, S-India, Pachmarhi Hills, C-India, Mahableshwar, Khandala, Purandar, etc.), Jammu & Kashmir, Philippines, Sulawesi as per Catalogue of Life;

Microsorum membranaceum : 5 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (5)- around 800 kb each.
Here’s a epilithic fern new for site.
Microsorum membranaceum
Family – Polypodiaceae
From Kullu District, Himachal Pradesh
Photographed in July 2017/18
Altitude – 1600meters

Yes, Microsorum membranaceum, common throughout the West Indo-Himalaya as far west as J. & K.

SK1269 08 JUL 2018 : 8 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (5)- around 700 kb each.
Location:  Kalimpong, WB, India
Date: 10 May 2018
Altitude: 4400 ft.
Habit : Wild

Some fern?

Yes …

And incidentally  – suggest to buy Kholia’s excellent Sikkim ferns book.

I did not find the book in market and hope experts would guide laymen to identify the plant.

Very young fronds, sori not shown. Could be Microsorum membranaceum. Inadequate photos again.

Best to ask him how to obtain it – it will answer many of your questions from its good photos!
He is:
And he is a most helpful person with a considerable knowledge of the ferns.


Microsorum SN22420 : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (1) – 3 mb.
Microsorum membranaceum (D. Don) Ching
Wild fern from Western Ghats Tamilnadu


SK 2668 16 July 2020 : 10 posts by 2 authors. 7 images- 5 to 7 mb each.
Location:  Telkot, Nagarkot, Nepal 
Date: 15 July 2020
Elevation: 1500 m.
Habit : Wild

It could be Asplenium nidus,

Microsorum membranaceum (D.Don) Ching ! ID by …!

Ferns?: 2 images.
i found them in Chikkamagalur. are these ferns? can you please help me identify them?

Yes, ferns they are. Microsorum membranaceaum.


SK 3976 10 June 2024 – Fern: 6 very high res. images.

Location: Godawari, Lalitpur
Date: 07 June 2024
Altitude: 1600m.
Habitat : Wild

Pl. check Leptochilus (or something like that):

Mr. Dhan Raj Kandel has confirmed the ID as Bosmania membranacea (D.Don) Testo
Syn : Microsorum membranaceum (D.Don) Ching



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