Scientific name: Diplazium esculentum (Retz.) Sw.

Family: Woodsiaceae

Synonym: Hemionitis esculentum Retz.

Bengali/Vernacular name: Dheki shak (Bengali), Dheiyee shak (Noakhali).
Tribal name: Mrang khowa (Chakma); Cluli (Tripura); Genggadak bang, Gaing dok (Marma).

English name: Edible fern, Vegetable fern.

Description of the plant: A terrestrial fern with a creeping rhizome widely branched, densely scaly. Stipe erect, tufted 10-45 cm long, pale, slightly scaly, 4-angled grooved. Fronds in a crown up to 65-150 cm long. Lamina 40-95 cm long, simply pinnate, pinnae 13-22 cm long, alternate, pinnules 3-6 cm long, alternate, subsessile, apex obtuse-acuminate, the edge more or less deeply lobed. Sori are superficial and elongate, arranged in pairs on the side of the veins or veinlets.

Diplazium esculentum

Plant parts used: Frond.

Medicinal uses: Juice extracted from frond of the plant is taken twice a day (50 ml amount each time) for seven days to treat anorexia.

Frond juice is taken once a day (20 ml amount) for one month to treat constipation.

Processed frond is taken for cure malnutrition.

Distribution: This species occurs commonly in the greater districts of Sylhet, Noakhali, Chittagong and the Chittagong Hill Tracts.

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