Coniogramme ankangensis Ching & Y.P.Hsu
Coniogramme centrochinensis Ching
Coniogramme gracilis Ogata
Dictyogramme japonica (Thunb.) Fée
Gymnogramma japonica (Thunb.) Desv.
Hemionitis japonica Thunb.
Notogramme japonica (Thunb.) C.Presl
Common Name: Bamboo Fern
Bamboo fern is an evergreen fern growing about 35cm tall.
The plant is sometimes gathered from the wild for local medicinal use.
Although we have found no reports of toxicity for this species, a number of ferns contain carcinogens so some caution is advisable[
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[
E. Asia - China, Japan and Korea.
Woods in low mountains of central and southern Japan[
]. Grows on the floor of dense forests[
]. Forests or shade and moist soil in ravine at elevations of 100 - 1300 metres[
A plant mainly of the subtropics, but entering the tropics in southern China. Plants are not very cold-tolerant, only withstanding a few degrees of frost[
]. It is used in the treatment of mastitis and other kinds of ulcers[
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