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Useful Tropical Plants

Lycopodiella cernua

(L.) Pic.Serm.

Lycopodiaceae

+ Synonyms

Lepidotis cernua (L.) P.Beauv.

Lycopodium boryanum A. Rich.

Lycopodium capillaceum (Spring) Hieron.

Lycopodium cernuum L.

Lycopodium heeschii Müll.Hal.

Lycopodium moritzii Muell.

Palhinhaea capillacea (Spring) Holub

Palhinhaea cernua (L.) Franco & Vasc.

Common Name: Stag-Horn Moss

Lycopodiella cernua
Plant growing in native habitat
Photograph by: David Eickhoff
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Lycopodiella cernua Lycopodiella cernua

General Information

Stag-horn moss is an evergreen, perennial plant that is related to the ferns. It has a creeping main stem of indefinite length, rooting at long intervals[
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The plant is harvested from the wild for a range of traditional medicinal uses. It is also used locally as a stuffing material and insect repellent[
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]. The plant is widely grown as an ornamental, both indoors and outdoors. It is also used in floral decoration, for making wreaths and baskets[
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Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

Found throughout the Tropics and Subtropics, extending into warm temperate areas.

Habitat

Forest fringes, in young secondary forest, often in swamp margins, in grassland (including wet grassland), along roadsides and railways, on moist cliff-faces, hillsides and mountain slopes, up to elevations of 2,400 metres[
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Properties

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HabitEvergreen Perennial
Height1.00 m
Cultivation StatusOrnamental, Wild

Cultivation Details



In suitable climates the plant can continue growing and producing spores all year round. It can also become dormant, surviving adverse conditions as buried stem tips[
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Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

With its wide range of distribution, the plant has acquired many different applications in traditional medicinal. Modern research has shown the presence of alkaloids, such as cernuine and lycocernuine, the flavonoids apigenin and apigenin-7-glucoside, the triterpene serratenediol and, as in many other Lycopodiaceae, a high concentration of aluminium (up to 12.5% of ash)[
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Tests have shown that injection with a traditional Chinese medicine prepared from Lycopodiella cernua is effective against experimental silicosis, not only as a prophylactic but also to treat the disease[
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The whole plant is generally employed, usually in the form of a decoction when taken internally. It is said to be diuretic and tonic[
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]. Combined with Tristemma mauritianum, it is used to treat neuralgia and hypertension[
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Applied externally, the whole plant is crushed and applied as a dressing to wounds[
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]. A decoction is used as a lotion to treat beriberi, coughs and asthma, and in embrocations to treat skin eruptions, abscesses, bruises, burns and scalds[
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American Fern Journal Vol.60
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http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
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American Fern Society
Year
1970
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Description
Contains an article on the medicinal uses of Indian ferns. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
]. An embrocation of the ashes in vinegar is recommended for skin eruptions [
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American Fern Journal Vol.60
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American Fern Society
Year
1970
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Contains an article on the medicinal uses of Indian ferns. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
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Other Uses

The plant is used as a repellent against fleas and cockroaches[
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The dried plant is used to stuff cushions as a kapok substitute[
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Dictionary of Economic Plants.
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Uphof. J. C. Th.
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Weinheim
Year
1959
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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.
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The leaves are used to filter palm wine[
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Propagation

Spores.
Layering of growing tips[
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