Taenitis blechnoides (Willd.) Sw., 1806
|Common Names:||Fillet Fern, Ribbon Fern, Paku Pijai, Paku Balu, Paku Pasir|
The rhizome is creeping, about 4-5 mm in diameter with the apical portion covered with dark brown bristles. The stipes are rather close together, 40-60 cm long, 2-ranked and each with a rhizome bud at the base. The fronds are simple pinnate with a simple terminal pinna and 1-10 pairs of pinnae. The pinnae of the fertile fronds are narrower than the sterile with the sori confined to a narrow longitudinal band half way between the midrib and the edge.
Fron Sri Lanka and southern China throughout Southeast Asia to north-eastern Australia, Vanuatu and the Fiji Islands.
Bukit Timah Reserve, Central Catchment Forests.
This is a terrestrial fern of the lowlands and mid-mountain forest, usually found along shady paths. In Malaysia it is a weed of rubber and oil-palm plantations.
For an account of the life history of a fern, see Pyrrosia piloselloides.
A decoction of the fronds is taken as a postnatal protective medicine in Malaysia.
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