Blechnopsis orientalis (L.) C.Presl
Plant growing in native habitat
Photograph by: keisotyo
Blechnum orientale is an evergreen fern forming a clump of arching fronds from 20 - 200cm tall growing from a thick rhizome that rises to a short, erect trunk[
The plant is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use as a food and a medicine. It is often cultivated as an ornamental
E. Asia - China, southern Japan, India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Myanmar, through southeast Asia to New Guinea, Australia and the western Pacific.
Open slopes (such as road cuttings) in rain forests, often growing in colonies[
|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
Young shoots - cooked[
The plant is anthelmintic, antiviral, contraceptive and tonic[
]. It is used in the treatmenr of urinary complaints, impotence; boils in infants and older children and diarrhoea[
In Papua New Guinea it is believed that total sterility in women can be achieved by eating the new leaves of this plant each day for three successive days, then waiting a fortnight and repeating the treatment[
A paste of the young fronds is applied topically to treat abscesses and fungal skin infections, esp ringworm, and also to stop bleeding[
The plant contains an essential oil, phenolic compounds and triterpenoids[
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