Lygodium venustum

Botanical Name : Lygodium venustum
Family : Lygodiaceae – Climbing Fern family
Genus : Lygodium Sw. – climbing fern
Species : Lygodium venustum Sw. [excluded]
Kingdom: Plantae – Plants
Subkingdom:  Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Division: Pteridophyta – Ferns
Class: Filicopsida
Order: Polypodiales

Synonymy: Lygodium commutatum C. Presl, Lygodium C. mexicanum Presl, Lygodium polymorphum (Cav.) Kunth,  Ugena polymorpha Cav.

Common Name : Wire Wis,  Culebrina, grass snake, Chinese reed, crispillo grass conversation, potatoes nest, Pesma;

Habitat : Lygodium venustum is native to Maxico and some more places in South America.

Descriptiobn:
Lygodium venustum is a climbing fern. with divided leaves, lance-shaped leaflets with many hairs on the back lines show where the seeds (spores). It pinnules pinnatifid segments in sterile pinnate leaf and in the fertile leaf stalk 1-2 cm long; last segments up to 12 cm long, continuous with the pedicle, the, abaxially pilose to glabrous hastate base; thick hair shafts; Free nerves.

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Medicinal Uses:
To treat skin fungus, boil a large double hand handful of leaves in 1 quart of water for 10 minutes; soak affected area in very hot mixture twice daily.  Apply fresh plant juice to sores, rashes, and skin conditions.  A poultice can be made from the leaves and applied to head for headaches.
This species is used in the states of Guerrero , Oaxaca and Veracruz against the bite of snake bite and scorpion , administered orally sheet; or root, stem and leaves the ground; tea powder with the addition of locally applied to the affected area should be prepared. Often it is also engaged in digestive disorders by infusion of the leaves; water is taken as time against diarrhea and dysentery or drunk when they feel nauseous.

Furthermore, the cooking of the whole plant, mixed with matlalina, ( Commelina erecta ) and white musutl ( Bidens pilosa ), is used against fever . Usually recommended against eruptions.

Disclaimer:The information presented herein is intended for educational purposes only. Individual results may vary, and before using any supplements, it is always advisable to consult with your own health care provider

Resources:

http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=LYVE9

http://www.herbnet.com/Herb%20Uses_UZ.htm

http://www.discoverlife.org/mp/20q?search=Lygodium+venustum

http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lygodium_venustum

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