ADIANTUM PHILIPPENSE L.

Adiantum lunulatum Burm. f.
Family: Adiantaceae

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.

Using information:
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.


Adiantum Philippense
ADIANTUM PHILIPPENSE L.


Chemical constituents:
The fern mainly contains triterpene, 3,4-epoxyfilicares, flavonoids, adiantone and other related compounds (Ghani, 2003).

Distribution:
Chittagong, Chittagong Hill Tracts, Comilla, Cox's Bazar, Dhaka, Rajshahi, Rangpur, Saidpur and Satkhira in shade.