Acrostichum aureum Linn.

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Acrostichum aureum, among Metroxylon sagu stand

Scientific name: Acrostichum aureum Linn.
Common name: Lagolo
Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Tracheophyta
Class: Polypodiopsida
Order: Polypodiales
Family: Pteridaceae
Genus: Acrostichum L.
Species: Acrostichum aureum L.
Description: It is a coarse fern that grows to a height of 2 meters. Its rootstocks are stout, woody, and scaly. Stipes are clustered, stout, and glabrous, 30 to 50 centimeters long. The leaves are leathery, pinnate, and 50 to 200 centimeters long. Leaflets are 20 to 50 centimeters long and 4 to 6 centimeters wide. The fertile upper pinnae are smaller than the lower sterile ones.
Habitat: It occurs in great abundance in open mud flats, in mangrove swamps, and along tidal streams.
Distribution: It is widely distributed in the tropics.
Economic importance/Medicinal value: The rhizomes are vulnerary and used in healing inveterate ulcers. Leaves are used in topicals are emollient. The powdered or grated rhizome is applied as a paste to wounds and boils in Malaya and Borneo. The fertile fronds and roots are applied to syphilitic ulcers.


  • Qisumbing, Eduardo A. Medicinal Plants of the Philippines. (Accessed on 25 August 2021).



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