Africa present: Ivory Coast (Ivory Coast present), Asia-Tropical: Thailand (Thailand present), Australasia, Burma present, Caroline Isl present, Guam present, Madagascar present, Marshall Isl present, Pacific present: Samoa (Samoa present), Ponape present, Solomon Isl present
Africa (Madagascar to Ivory Coast) to Indochina (Burma, Thailand); in Malesia: Throughout; Australia and the Pacific (Solomon Isl., Marshall Isl., Samoa, Guam, Caroline Isl.: Ponape).
The runners in this species are strongly branched around the erect rhizomes, with branches at angles of 60-90° forming a dense bush around the rhizome. Otherwise, the marginal, elongated sori and the tomentose indument make this an easy species to recognize.