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Useful Tropical Plants

Tectaria paradoxa

(Fée) Sledge

Tectariaceae

+ Synonyms

Aspidium fuscipes Wall. ex Bedd.

Aspidium paradoxum Fée

Aspidium pteroides (Retz.) Sw.

Ctenitopsis fuscipes (Wall. ex Bedd.) C.Chr.

Ctenitopsis glabra Ching & Chu H.Wang

Ctenitopsis subfuscipes Tagawa

Dryopteris pteroides (Retz.) Kuntze

Lastrea fuscipes (Wall. ex Bedd.) Bedd.

Lastrea fuscipes (Wall. ex Bedd.) T.Moore

Lastrea paradoxa (Fée) T.Moore

Nephrodium pteroides (Retz.) J.Sm.

Polypodium pteroides Retz.

Tectaria fuscipes (Wall. ex Bedd.) C.Chr.

Common Name:

Tectaria paradoxa
Plant growing in native habitat
Photograph by: Franz Xaver
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General Information

Tectaria paradoxa is a perennial, evergreen fern, producing a tuft of leaves and usually growing over 1 metre tall.
The stems are sometimes harvested from the wild and used locally in making baskets.

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


Range

E. Asia - southern China, India, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Philippines.

Habitat

Common and widely distributed, usually growing in thickets on hillsides and in valleys at low and medium altitudes in the Philippines[
345
Title
Minor Products of Philippine Forests
Publication
 
Author
Brown. W. H.
Publisher
Bureau of Forestry, Manilla.
Year
1920
ISBN
 
Description
A useful guide to some of the plants of the area, though terse on details. The book is out of copyright and can be legally downloaded from the Internet.
].

Properties

Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitEvergreen Fern
Height1.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details


Prefers a position in dappled shade[
K
Title
Plants for a Future
Author
Ken Fern
Description
Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.
].

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

The stems are used in decorative basket work[
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.
]. The stems of this fern are crushed and the cord-like vascular bundles extracted for use as decorative weaves in baskets. The fibres, however, are of inferior quality[
345
Title
Minor Products of Philippine Forests
Publication
 
Author
Brown. W. H.
Publisher
Bureau of Forestry, Manilla.
Year
1920
ISBN
 
Description
A useful guide to some of the plants of the area, though terse on details. The book is out of copyright and can be legally downloaded from the Internet.
].

Propagation

Seed -
Cite as: Tropical Plants Database, Ken Fern. tropical.theferns.info. 2020-09-20. <tropical.theferns.info/viewtropical.php?id=Tectaria+paradoxa>

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