Family • Aspleniaceae - Asplenium macrophyllum Swartz. - LARGE-LEAVED SPLEENWORT
|Asplenium macrophyllum Swartz.|
|Asplenium capuronii Tardieu|
|Asplenium adiantioides C. Chr.|
|Asplenium polydon Forst.|
|Pako (Palawan, Tag., Mbo., Iban.)|
|Pakpak-lawin na babae (Tag.)|
|Large-leaved spleenwort (Engl.)|
Additional Sources and Suggested Readings
(1) Maternity and medicinal plants in Vanuatu II. Pharmacological screening of five selected species / G. Bourdya, C. Françoisb, C. Andaryc and M. Boucard / Journal of Ethnopharmacology • Volume 52, Issue 3, 5 July 1996, Pages 139-143.
(2) A Review on the Potential Uses of Ferns / M Mannar Mannan, M Maridass and B Victor / Ethnobotanical Leaflets 12: 281-285. 2008.
Pakpak-lawin na babe is an epiphytic fern, with the short rootstock covered with linear-lanceolate, acuminate scales. Stipes are tufted, rigid, erect, brown, 3 to 30 cm long.
Fronds are simply pinnate, oblong in outline, 7 to 40 cm long; pinnate opposite or alternate, 2 to 12 cm on each side, 2 to 15 cm long, 1 to 3 cm wide, lanceolate. Sori are in close, long, parallel, oblique lines reaching from the midrib nearly to the margin.
Widely distributed in dry thickets in the Philippines.
Also in tropical Asia to Polynesia.
• Decoction of the fronds is a diuretic. Also used for the treatment of dysuria and bladder complaints associated with beri-beri.
• In India, fronds used as diuretic for conditions with defective urination.