Male Fern

Other names:  Lucerne

Scientific name: Dryopteris filix-mas

Common names:                                          

Ayurvedic names:

Chinese names: Guan Zhong

Bangladesh names: Dhekishak

Arabic names:    ذكر السرخس (dhakaru assarkhass)

Rain Forest names:

Family: Polypodiaceae 

Approximate number of species known:

Common parts used: Rhizome


Annual/Perennial: Perennial

Height: Upto 4 feet


Known Constituents: Filicin, filixid acid, tannin, phlroglucin derivatives, essential oil

Constituents Explained:


Traditional Use: 

Used to kill tape worms.  High doses can be poisonous.

Clinical Studies: