Athyrium esculentum (Retz.) Copel.

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Scientific name: Athyrium esculentum (Retz.) Copel.

Common name: Pako (Bik., Ilk., Pamp., Bis., Tag.); tagabas (Tag.)

Taxonomy:
Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Tracheophyta
Class: Polypodiopsida
Order: Polypodiales
Family: Athyriaceae
Genus: Diplazium Sw.
Accepted name Species: Diplazium esculentum (Retz.) Sw.
Synonym: Athyrium esculentum (Retz.) Copel.
Description: It has stout rootstocks and wiry roots. Its stipes are green and somewhat smooth, 20 to 50 centimeters long. The fronds are 2-3 pinnate, 50 to 80 centimeters long. It has lanceolate pinnules, 2 to 5 centimeters long and rather coarsely toothed. It also has superficial sori arranged in paris on the side of the veins or veinlets.

Habitat: It is a characteristic plant found on gravel bars and banks of streams.

Distribution: It is found from India to Polynesia.

Economic importance/Medicinal value: The young fronds are eaten raw or cooked. They are used as a leafy vegetable or as an ingredient for stews. It is a fair source of calcium, phosphorus, iron, and vitamin B.

The rhizomes and young leaves are used as simple decoctions or with sugar. They are believed to be good for haemoptysis or for ordinary coughs.



References

  • Qisumbing, Eduardo A. Medicinal Plants of the Philippines. (Accessed on 26 August 2021).
  • “Athyrium esculentum (Retz.) Copel.”. Global Biodiversity Information Facility. (Accessed on 26 August 2021).



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