lower surface of rachis densely covered with short erect hairs (residual narrow scales also present); lower surface of costae lacking hairs but sometimes bearing small scales;
Ambon: present Asia-Tropical:, Borneo present; Maluku (Maluku present); New Guinea present; Philippines (Philippines present); Sulawesi (Sulawesi present) Ceram: present
Malesia: Borneo, Philippines, Celebes, Moluccas (Ambon, Ceram), New Guinea.
In 1841 John Smith gave the name Lastrea presliana to a Cuming Philippine specimen which he recognized as distinct from the West Indian Aspidium semicordatum Sw., though Presl had previously ascribed a Haenke Philippine collection to the latter. Smith referred to Presl’s description and also described a difference in venation between the species. Though the latter difference does not hold, Smith’s name and his cited type are now accepted. In 1852 Fée published the first good description of the Philippine species, based on the same Cuming collection; Morton (1967) preferred to accept Fée’s name on account of the error in John Smith’s description.