Photos taken in Kepar, Kitti, Pohnpei.
Pohnpeian: Alis in Nahnseu sed
nahnseu sed: a ghost of the sea
source: research done by Manwelihda Spencer, Pehleng, Kitti. August 2002.
Alternate name: alis en kewelik
source: Francisca Sohl, Serlinda Soukon. February 2004.
Botanic identification by Piyak Suksat.
The name difference may that Alis in Nahnseu sed is the honorific name for the plant ("high langauge") and that alis en kewelik would be the common or low language variant.
Kosrae: This fern is said to be good for women's hair.
Pehleng, Kitti, Pohnpei: The fern is pounded and wrapped in cloth around a women's head (in contact with her hair) for as many nights as she likes in order to promote the growth of her hair. Informant: Manwelihda Spencer, August 2002.
Kingdom Plantae - Plants Subkingdom Tracheobionta - Vascular plants Division Pteridophyta - Ferns Class Filicopsida Order Polypodiales Family Vittariaceae - Shoestring Fern family Genus Vittaria Sm. - shoestring fern Species Vittaria elongata Sw. - stiff shoestring fern
A Wikipedia article places Vittaria in Adiantaceae.