Adiantum caudatum Linn.

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Adiantum caudatum

Scientific name: Adiantum caudatum Linn.

Common name: Alambrillong-gubat (Tag.)

Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Tracheophyta
Class: Polypodiopsida
Order: Polypodiales
Family: Pteridaceae
Genus: Adiantum L.
Species: Adiantum caudatum L.

Description: Stipes are tufted, erect or spreading, covered with brown hairs, 5 to 20 centimeters long. Fronds are linear in outline, simply pinnate, 15 to 30 centimeters long; 1 to 20 centimeters long leaflets; and rounded and cut upper margin. The rachis and both surfaces of the frond are villose and rooting at the apex. The sori are roundish on the edges of the lobes.

Habitat: It is common in thickets in the Philippines.

Distribution: It is widely distributed in the Philippines, especially common in thickets. It is also reported to be seen in Tropical Africa and from Asia to Polynesia.

Economic importance/Medicinal value: The leaves are used in preparing “sirop-de-capillaire.” In Bourbon, it is used to cure coughs and fevers. It is also used as a remedy for skin diseases and for diabetes and migraine.


  • Qisumbing, Eduardo A. Medicinal Plants of the Philippines. (Accessed on 25 August 2021).
  • “Adiantum caudatum”. Useful Tropical Plants. (Accessed on 25 August 2021).



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