Cyclophorus adnascens (Sw.) Desv.
Cyclophorus pustulosus Christ
Niphobolus adnascens (Sw.) Kaulf.
Polypodium adnascens Sw.
Pyrrosia adnascens is a small, evergreen fern growing 5 - 12cm tall, with a long, creeping rhizome[
The plant is gathered from the wild for local use as a medicine.
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 - southern China, Japan, India, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and Polynesia.
On tree trunks or rocks at elevations of 100 - 1,300 metres in southern China[
Used in the treatment of dysentery[
The whole plant is used as a treatment against inflammation, to clear away heat and detoxify in the treatment of scrofula[
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