A gorgeous small tropical fern for indoor planting. It likes warmth and shade and will grow to about 10-20cm in height.
The compost should be well drained and should not be overwatered, though it is not as tricky as it sounds! Basically a decent compost kept just moist, in shade and kept warm should do the trick.
This is a very interesting fern from a pharmacological view. The fern contains several chemical constituents like Hentriacontane, Hentriacontanol, Hentriacontanone, ?-sitosterol, Quercetin-3-rutinoside, ?-sitosterol palmitate. The plant is claimed to possess anti-histaminic activity,
anti-cholinergic, anti-microbial activity, anti-inflammatory activity, anti-helmenthic
activity, analgesic activity, anti-tubercular activity and used as styptic.
Ethnomedical uses include:
Whole plant paste is applied on cuts
paste with sugar is given to kill intestinal worms twice for 3 days:
paste with sugar is also given two times a day as an
aphrodisiac, also used as tonic to increase the potency:
The plant paste with sugar candy is given as a cooling agent in case of syphilis:
The paste of two fronds is given daily two times a day to children to cure rickets:
The whole plant paste mixed with cow’s milk is given for the treatment of piles and leucorrhoea. In milk it is given twice a day for 2-3 days:
In case of epilepsy, plant paste with sugar candy is given:
The plant paste with honey is given twice a day for the treatment of leucorrhoea:
Plants are soaked overnight in a glass of water and taken orally in morning for control of blood
pressure and tuberculosis:
Plants are dried and one teaspoonful powder is taken orally, once a day for four days in the case of
The paste of 5-6 leaves mixed with fresh cow milk (nearly 200ml) is taken for a week or so, to overcome irregularly in menstrual period:
The ash (approx. 2-3 g) of the plant mixed with fresh cow milk (200ml) is given to a lady for fortnight after menses for conception:
On the other hand the paste of 8-10 leaves mixed with thin curd (nearly 250 ml) is given for birth
Decoction of leaves is also used in tuberculosis.
Almost an entire medicine cabinet in one plant! With so folk-cures to its name it is not surprising that the pharmaceutical industry are taking this fern very seriously, especially its antimicrobial properties.