Microlepia strigosa

COMMON NAME

Palapalai, hay-scented fern

TYPE

Fern

FAMILY

Dennstaedtiaceae

NOTES

Arching fronds with a nice clumping growth habit. Delicate and soft foliage withstands adverse weather. Early Hawaiians used the fronds to decorate hula altars dedicated to Laka, goddess of hula.

GEOGRAPHIC REGION

Indigenous to the Hawaiian islands and is also native to other parts of the tropics and subtropics

NATIVE HABITAT

Grows mostly in dry to moderately wet habitats near sea level to over 5,800 feet

WEB SOURCES

wikipedia.org

nativeplants.hawaii.edu



Microlepia strigosa