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Family: Pteridaceae
Genus: Actiniopteris
Botanical name: Actiniopteris radiata / Actiniopteris semiflabellata
PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
Sanskrit: Maiyorasikha
English: Actiniopteris australis sensu Sim, Fan-leaved fern
Hindi:
Malayalam: Mailosikha
MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Fan-leaved fern species is found in hot, dry habitats, growing at the base of rocks and in crevices, but also on deep soil in shady places. It is common in deciduouswoodland with perennially high temperatures and low rainfall, ranging from 500m to 1300m.
The distinctive fronds issue from a prostrate rhizome and are somewhat dimorphic. The laminae are 15-45mm long and fan-shaped with a spread of some 180 degrees, the tip of each segment bearing 2-5 teeth.
The whole plant of the Fan-leaved fern is usedd in a glass of water and taken orally in morning for control of blood pressure and tuberculosis. Plants are dried and one teaspoonful powder is taken orally, once a day for four days in the case of cough.
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