Asia-Tropical:, Philippines (Philippines ‒ present)
Malesia: Philippines (except for the type, known from one other collection from Ilocos Norte).
In 1851 Presl, copying John Smith, cited four Cuming numbers: 80, 151, 252, 255. When publishing the new name Nephrodium preslii, Baker cited only Cuming 255. The other Cuming numbers are now assigned to the species Ctenitis erythradenia, silvatica and decurrentipinnata.