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Dryopteris schimperiana - (Hochst.)C.Chr.

Common Name
Family Dryopteridaceae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards Although we have found no reports for this species, a number of ferns contain carcinogens so some caution is advisable[200]. The fresh plant contains thiaminase, an enzyme that robs the body of its vitamin B complex. In small quantities this enzyme will do no harm to people eating an adequate diet that is rich in vitamin B, though large quantities can cause severe health problems. The enzyme is destroyed by heat or thorough drying, so cooking the plant will remove the thiaminase[172]. However, there have been reports for other species of ferns suggesting that even cooked fronds can have a long term harmful effect. Some caution is therefore advised.
Habitats Not known
Range E. Asia - Himalayas around 2000 metres.
Edibility Rating    (0 of 5)
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Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating    (4 of 5)
Care (info)
Moist Soil Semi-shade
Dryopteris schimperiana


Dryopteris schimperiana

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

 
Dryopteris schimperiana is a FERN.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid and neutral soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland). It prefers moist soil and can tolerate drought.

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Synonyms

Habitats

Woodland Garden Dappled Shade; Shady Edge;

Edible Uses

None known

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Medicinal Uses

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Vermifuge

The root contains 4.4% ‘filicin’[240], a substance that paralyses tapeworms and other internal parasites and has been used as a worm expellent[61, 238]. It is one of the most effective treatments known for tapeworms - its use should be immediately followed by a non-oily purgative such as magnesium sulphate in order to expel the worms from the body[238]. An oily purge, such as caster oil, increases the absorption of the fern root and can be dangerous[238]. The root is harvested in the autumn and can be dried for later use, it should not be stored for longer than 12 months[238]. This remedy should be used with caution and only under the supervision of a qualified practitioner[238]. The root is toxic and the dosage is critical[238]. See also the notes above on toxicity.

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Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

We have very little information on this species and do not know if it will be hardy in Britain, though judging by the plants native range it should succeed outdoors at least in the milder areas of the country. The following notes are based on the general needs of the genus. Prefers an acid to neutral soil, succeeding in ordinary fertile soil in a shady position[175, 200]. Prefers a moist soil[188], but plants are drought tolerant when established[200]. Members of this genus are rarely if ever troubled by browsing deer[233].

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Propagation

Spores - can be sown at any time of the year in a greenhouse. Surface sow on a sterilised compost and keep moist, possibly by placing the pot in a plastic bag. Germinates in 1 - 3 months at 20°c. Pot up small clumps of the plants when they are large enough to handle and grow on in a shady part of the greenhouse until large enough to plant out. Division in spring. Larger clumps can be replanted direct into their permanent positions, though it is best to pot up smaller clumps and grow them on in a cold frame until they are rooting well. Plant them out in the spring.

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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Dryopteris dilatataShield FernFern1.2 4-8  LMHSM24 
Dryopteris expansaSpiny Wood Fern, Spreading woodfernFern0.4 3-7  LMHFSM23 
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Dryopteris fragransFragrant WoodfernFern0.2 3-7  LMHSM10 
Dryopteris marginalisMarginal Woodfern, Leather Wood FernFern0.8 3-8 MLMHSM040
Dryopteris odontoloma Fern0.0 -  LMHSM04 
Dryopteris oreadesMountain Male FernFern0.6 5-9  LMHSM04 
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Gymnocarpium dryopterisNorthern oak fernFern0.3 2-7 SLMFSMWe003

Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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