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Useful Tropical Plants

Campyloneurum angustifolium

(Sw.) Fée

Polypodiaceae

+ Synonyms

Campyloneurum difforme T. Moore

Campyloneurum ensifolium (Willd.) J. Sm.

Campyloneurum taeniosum (Willd.) Fée

Cyrtophlebium angustifolium (Sw.) J. Sm.

Cyrtophlebium difforme Lodd.

Goniophlebium angustifolium (Sw.) Brack.

Grammitis angustifolia (Sw.) Heward

Marginaria angustifolia (Sw.) C.Presl

Marginaria ensifolia (Willd.) C.Presl

Polypodium angustifolium Sw.

Polypodium calaguala Ruiz

Polypodium difforme (Lodd.) Kunze

Polypodium ensifolium Willd.

Polypodium taeniosum Willd.

Common Name: Narrow-Leaf Strap Fern

Campyloneurum angustifolium
Plant growing in the Botanischer Garten München-Nymphenburg, Munich, Germany
Photograph by: Daderot
Public domain
Campyloneurum angustifolium Campyloneurum angustifolium Campyloneurum angustifolium

General Information

Narrow-leaf strap fern is an epiphytic fern with fronds growing up to 70cm tall from a short, creeping rhizome[
200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
].
The plant is used for medicinal purposes by the Chinchero tribes in southern Peru, where it is sometimes transplanted into home gardens[
317
Title
Mansfeld's Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Plants
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://mansfeld.ipk-gatersleben.de/pls/htmldb_pgrc/f?p=185:3:4292127278597336
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Terse details of a huge range of useful plants.
].

Known Hazards

Although we have found no reports of toxicity for this species, a number of ferns contain carcinogens so some caution is advisable[
200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
].
Many ferns also contain thiaminase, an enzyme that robs the body of its vitamin B complex. In small quantities this enzyme will do no harm to people eating an adequate diet that is rich in vitamin B, though large quantities can cause severe health problems. The enzyme is destroyed by heat or thorough drying, so cooking the plant will remove the thiaminase[
172
Title
Discovering Wild Plants - Alaska, W. Canada and the Northwest.
Publication
 
Author
Schofield. J. J.
Publisher
Alaska Northwest Books; Alaska
Year
2003
ISBN
0882403699
Description
A nice guide to some useful plants in that area.
].

Botanical References

200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
,
270
Title
Flora of N. America
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/fna/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An on-line version of the flora with an excellent description of the plant including a brief mention of plant uses.
,
489
Title
Ferns and Fern Allies of Guatemala
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Field Museum of Natural History
Year
1981
ISBN
 
Description
A flora of the ferns of Guatemala, giving some plant uses. It can be downloaded from the Internet.

Range

S. America - Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, through Central America to Mexico and through the Caribbean to Florida.

Habitat

Forming clumps on tree trunks or in crevices of rocks, in open or shady places from low to montane
forests, at elevations of 100 - 2,500 metres, occasionally to 3,600 metres[
488
Title
Pteridophyta of Peru
Publication
 
Author
Tryon R.M.: Stolze R.G.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Field Museum of Natural History
Year
1993
ISBN
 
Description
A flora of the fern species in Peru. It cam be downloaded from the Internet.
].

Properties

Medicinal Rating *  *
HabitFern
Height0.70 m
Cultivation StatusCultivated, Wild

Cultivation Details



A very variable species, with several different forms being recognized[
200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
].

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

The plant is diaphoretic and pectoral[
46
Title
Dictionary of Economic Plants.
Publication
 
Author
Uphof. J. C. Th.
Publisher
Weinheim
Year
1959
ISBN
-
Description
An excellent and very comprehensive guide but it only gives very short descriptions of the uses without any details of how to utilize the plants. Not for the casual reader.
]. It is used in the treatment of fevers and dropsy[
46
Title
Dictionary of Economic Plants.
Publication
 
Author
Uphof. J. C. Th.
Publisher
Weinheim
Year
1959
ISBN
-
Description
An excellent and very comprehensive guide but it only gives very short descriptions of the uses without any details of how to utilize the plants. Not for the casual reader.
].

Cooking the leaves of this fern and drinking the decoction before meals is reputed to be a remedy for throat infection and asthma[
317
Title
Mansfeld's Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Plants
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://mansfeld.ipk-gatersleben.de/pls/htmldb_pgrc/f?p=185:3:4292127278597336
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Terse details of a huge range of useful plants.
,
489
Title
Ferns and Fern Allies of Guatemala
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Field Museum of Natural History
Year
1981
ISBN
 
Description
A flora of the ferns of Guatemala, giving some plant uses. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Spores -
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