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Useful Tropical Plants

Adiantum lunulatum

Burm.f.

Pteridaceae


Some modern treatments, including the African Plant Database[
328
Title
African Flowering Plants Database
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.ville-ge.ch/musinfo/bd/cjb/africa/recherche.php
Publisher
Conservatoire et Jardin Botaniques.
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Contains information on over 150,000 plant names (including synonyms) giving a description and habitat, plus a distribution map.
], treat this plant as Adiantum philippense (treated here as a synonym)[
K
Title
Plants for a Future
Author
Ken Fern
Description
Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.
].

+ Synonyms

Adiantum arcuatum Sw.

Adiantum lunatum Cav.

Adiantum philippense L.

Pteris lunulata (Burm.f.) Retz.

Common Name:

Adiantum lunulatum
Plant growing in native habitat
Photograph by: Lauren Gutierrez
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General Information

Adiantum lunulatum is an evergreen, perennial fern producing fronds up to 40cm tall from a shortly-creeping rhizome. The fronds are arching to semi-prostrate, forming roots at their apex from which a new plant develops[
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 sometimes harvested from the wild for local medicinal use. It is also grown as an ornamental in gardens.

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.
,
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

Widely distributed in the tropics through Africa, Asia, Australia, Central America and northern S. America.

Habitat

Shady hill forests in India[
497
Title
The Botany of Bihar and Orissa
Publication
 
Author
Haines H.H.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Adlard & Son & West Newman Ltd. London
Year
1922
ISBN
 
Description
A flora, it gives many plant uses. The book can be downloaded from the Internet.
]. In forests, thickets, or wooded ravines, most commonly in rocky soil, on banks of streams and rivers, at elevations from 200 - 1,500 metres in Guatemala[
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.
].

Properties

HabitEvergreen Fern
Height0.40 m
Cultivation StatusOrnamental, Wild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

The plant is considered to be a bronchio-dilator, diuretic and pectoral[
686
Title
American Fern Journal Vol.60
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
American Fern Society
Year
1970
ISBN
 
Description
Contains an article on the medicinal uses of Indian ferns. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
]. It is used extensively in Indian for the treatment of fevers in children[
686
Title
American Fern Journal Vol.60
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
American Fern Society
Year
1970
ISBN
 
Description
Contains an article on the medicinal uses of Indian ferns. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
]. It is one of the constituents of 'Hansraj', a preparation esteemed in India for the treatment of coughs[
686
Title
American Fern Journal Vol.60
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
American Fern Society
Year
1970
ISBN
 
Description
Contains an article on the medicinal uses of Indian ferns. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

The rootstock is considered good for treating fever and elephantiasis[
686
Title
American Fern Journal Vol.60
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
American Fern Society
Year
1970
ISBN
 
Description
Contains an article on the medicinal uses of Indian ferns. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
]. A decoction of the root is used in the treatment of throat affections[
497
Title
The Botany of Bihar and Orissa
Publication
 
Author
Haines H.H.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Adlard & Son & West Newman Ltd. London
Year
1922
ISBN
 
Description
A flora, it gives many plant uses. The book can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Spores.
Division of new plants formed at the apex of the fronds[
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.
].
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