Medicinal Plants of Bangladesh
Medicinal Plants Database of Bangladesh includes the authentic Taxonomic Information, Vernacular/Bangla Name, Tribal and English Name, Family, Description and Photograph of the Plants, Chemical Constituents, Uses and Distribution of the species in Bangladesh. MPBD also contain dictionary of Botanical and Pharmacological terms.
Bengali/vernacular name: Goyalelata, Kalijhant.
English name: Walking Maiden hair fern.
Description of the plant:
ADIANTUM PHILIPPENSE L. is a small fern. Stipes 10-15 cm long, tufted, wiry, naked, polished dark chestnut-brown; fronds 15-30 cm long and 7.6 cm broad, simply pinnate, often elongated and rooting at the apex; pinnae subdimidiate, the lower edge nearly in a line or oblique with the petiole, the upper edge rounded; the rachis and both surfaces naked; sori in continuous lines along the edge.
The plant is cooling, alterative, alexiteric; useful in dysentery, ulcers, erysipelas, burning sensation and epileptic fits. Roots are good for strangury and for fever due to elephantiasis. For the treatment of febrile affections in children, the leaves are rubbed with water and given with sugar.
The fern mainly contains triterpene, 3,4-epoxyfilicares, flavonoids, adiantone and other related compounds (Ghani, 2003).
Chittagong, Chittagong Hill Tracts, Comilla, Cox's Bazar, Dhaka, Rajshahi, Rangpur, Saidpur and Satkhira in shade.