ENGLISH NAME :Vegetable fern
BOTANIC NAME : Diplazium esculentum
Synonym: Athyrium esculantum
HABIT:It is terrestrial, found on sandy soil or on mud walls in open, shady and moist places adjoining to rivers, ponds or other watercourse.
Found in solitary as well as a colony.
PLANT :Rhizome erect up to a height of 1 meter.
LEAF :Soft, pale green, pinnate, coarsely toothed leaflets, 20- 50 cm long stalk.
Clusters of spores are seen on bottom side of the leaflets.
SEED: Propagated through spores(flower/fruits/seeds are not found in fern family)
PROPAGATION:Grows easily from spores. Vegetative propagation is possible through rhizome or runners.
FOOD VALUE: Diplazium esculentum is the most common edible fern,young leaves are dried in shade and used as leaf vegetable. It is a good source of Protein, Carbohydrates, fibre, Calcium, Potassium, Iron, manganese and Vitamin A, C & B-complex..
MEDICINAL USES: Rhizome/ leaves are used as medicine.
Folkloric: It is diuretic and used as medicine for urinary problems.It provides essential nutrients such as anti oxidents, Vitamins, minerals and omega-3 omega -6 essential fatty acids.
LOCAL NAMES:Edible fern, Fiddlehead fern (English)
paco (Philppines), Kuuit yoi (Tai),
Paak kout, kud kin, kud khue, kai-kwi-lu,dhekia, linqada.