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Drynaria quercifolia (L.) J. Sm.

Synonyms: Polypodium quercifolium L.

Group: Fern
Family: Drynariaceae
Duration: Annual
Growth Habit: Perennial

Bangla/Vernacular Name: Pankhiraj, Pankha, Garur , Ghuri.

Tribal Name: Chilova (Chakma, Tanchangya), Chilovasa; Layttamas (Chakma), Fo-lo-rere (Marma), Nashy- prampap (Murang).

Description of the Plant:

Epiphytic or lithophytic fern with dimorphic digitate fronds. Rhizome creeping, densely clothed with red-brown scales. Fronds coriaceous or subcoriaceous of two kinds, sterile ones varying in size from 7.5-30 cm or more, cordate-ovate variously lobate-pinnate, green when young, soon turning dark brown; fertile ones 60-90 cm long, petiolate, broad-ovate, deeply pinnatifid.

Mode of Uses:

  • A rhizome extract is taken for jaundice; a paste of leaves of Dendrobium aphyllum and Drynaria quercifolia is applied to affected areas for the treatment of abnormal head structure of children; an infusion of plants of Cymbidium aloifolium and Drynaria quercifolia is used for bathing to treat tetanus and a paste of roots is taken with palm molasses for the treatment of chest pain (Chakma).
  • Peeled rhizome is chewed or its juice mixed with sugar is taken in scanty urination and spermatorrhoea by the Marma tribe.
  • Extract of rhizome is carminative and leaf extract isanthelmintic (Murang).
  • A leaf extract is taken and rubbed on the chest for the treatment of chest pain (Tanchangya).
Drynaria quercifolia (L.) J. Sm.

Drynaria quercifolia (L.) J. Sm.

Distribution:

All over the country on tree trunk and shady old walls.

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