Ophioglossum flexuosum L.
Lygodium pinnatifidum Sw.
Family: Lygodiaceae - Climbing Fern family
Growth Habit: Climber
Tribal Name: Huttigurpo (Chakma), Miau-maka-la (Marma), Trom bu (Murang), Kuttijurkha (Tanchunga).
A climbing, shrubby fern. Pinnae pinnately arranged; pinnules ovate, margins toothed. Sori in rows at the edge of segments.
Roots contain flavonoids, quercetin and pentahydroxyflavone-3-O-rutinoside (Ghani, 2003).
The burnt extract of roots is taken for health improvement (Chakma).
Plant is expectorant and antibacterial; infusion is used in menorrhagia. Plant juice is applied to insect bites as an antidote, after squeezing out a little blood. The fresh root boiled with mustard oil is applied externally in rheumatism, sprains, scabies, ulcers, eczema, cut and wounds (Marma).
Paste prepared from root is applied to insect bite. Root extract is taken in stomach pain (Murang).
Lygodium flexuosum (L.)Sw.
A root extract is taken for the treatment of stomach pain (gripes) and a leaf extract with breast milk is taken for the treatment of dyspepsia and vomiting in children (Tanchangya).
Chittagong and Chittagong Hill Tracts.
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