Family • Polypodiaceae - Adiantum pedatum Linn. - COMMON MAIDENHAIR
|Adiantum pedatum Linn.|
|Adiantum pedatum var, glaucinum|
|Northern maidenhair fern (Engl.)|
|American maidenhair fern (Engl.)|
|Common maidenhair (Engl.)|
Recently introduced to the Philippines.
Native to North America.
Phytochemical screening has yielded terpenoids, cardiac glycosides and steroids.
Considered to be antirheumatic, astringent, demulcent, emmenagogue, expectorant, febrifuge, haemostatic, pectoral and tonic.
No reported folkloric use in the Philippines.
Tea or syrup used for nasal congestion, asthma and sore throats.
Root decoction used externally to massage into rheumatic joints.
North Americans chewed the fronds, then applied them to wounds to stop bleeding.
Whole plant infusion used as emetic in agues and fevers.
Used for bronchitis, whooping cough and excessive menses.
Plant used as hair conditioner.
Alcohol leaf extract used topically for thicker hair growth
Stems used as hair wash to provide shine in the hair.
In Malaysia, whole plant used for chronic catarrh and other pectoral affections.
Basketry: Stipe used as ornament in basketry.
Landscaping: Makes a good ground cover.
• Antioxidant / Antibacterial: Study of acetone and ethyl acetate extracts showed inhibitory activity against S aureus, K pneumonia, P aeruginosa and E coli. Results showed A pedatum to be a potential source of natural antioxidants.