CHEILANTHES TENUIFOLIA Swartz.

Family: Polypodiaceae

Description of the Plant

Small annual fern, caudex short, creeping. Fronds 7.5-10 cm to a span and more long, ovate-acuminate or more or less deltoid, subtripinnate; pinnules elliptic, oblong or oblong-lanceolate, subpinnatifid or crenate; stipes and rachis purple-black; rachis winged.

Using Information

Roots are preseribed for sickness attributed to witchcraft or the avil eye. Leaves are used as a poultice on swollen limbs.

CHEILANTHES TENUIFOLIA Swartz.
CHEILANTHES TENUIFOLIA Swartz.

Chemical Constituents

Fern contains two ecdysone analogues, cheilanthone A and B, and charaterised as 7,8-dihydroecdysone and 25-deoxy-7,8-digydoecdysone respectively (Rastogi & Mehrotra, 1993).

Distribution

Chittagong, Dhaka.


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