||Flame-coloured, referring to the fertile fronds covered with orange sori
|| Long-leafed; referring to the long fronds of the fern
||Acrostichum bicolor Cav., Polypodium acrostichoides G. Forst., Pyrrosia fissa (Blume) Mehra
||Malaysia, east to Queensland and Polynesia
A very common epiphytic fern, Pyrrosia longifolia is often seen covering old trees in open areas. The fronds are distinctively long (more than 30cm), and the straggly, droopy appearance makes them easily identifiable.
To ease childbirth, cold water where the leaves are pounded in is drank (Umberto, 2012).
Long straggly frongs of Pyrossia longifolia amassed on this Rain Tree.
Spore bags on a fertile frond.
ReferencesUmberto Q. (2012) CRC World Dictionary of Medicinal and Poisonous Plants: Common Names, Scientific Names, Eponyms, Synonyms, and Etymology (5 Volume Set). CRC Press. 3960 pp.