Asia-Tropical: Palaeotropics and subtropics: present
Palaeotropics and subtropics (see Bosman 1991: f. 20). Throughout Malesia.
Microsorum glossophyllum is a form differing in the blackish narrow rhizome scales, but this character is variable and intermediates occur with the more brownish and wider scales. Microsorum musifolium is a form with wider fronds and more connecting veins and is connected with Microsorum punctatum by many intermediates.