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Asplenium ceterach - L.

Common Name Scale Fern
Family Polypodiaceae
USDA hardiness 7-10
Known Hazards Although we have found no reports of toxicity for this species, a number of ferns contain carcinogens so some caution is advisable[200]. Many ferns also contain 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].
Habitats Limestone rocks and mortared walls[17].
Range Central and southern Europe, including Britain, east to the Himalayas and Caucasus.
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Frost Hardy Moist Soil Full shade Semi-shade Full sun
Asplenium ceterach Scale Fern


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Asplenium ceterach is a FERN growing to 0.2 m (0ft 8in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 8. The seeds ripen from April to October.
Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: basic (alkaline) soils and can grow in very alkaline soils.
It can grow in full shade (deep woodland) semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms

Ceterach officinarum. DC.

Habitats

Woodland Garden Dappled Shade; Shady Edge; North Wall. In. East Wall. In. West Wall. In.

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal Uses



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Antitussive;  Diuretic.

The whole plant is antitussive and diuretic[7]. It is widely used in the Mediterranean to treat gravel in the urine and is also used with other mucilaginous plants to treat bronchial complaints[7]. The taste is very bitter and needs to be sweetened with other herbs such as liquorice[7]. The plant is harvested from late spring to summer and can be dried for later use[7]. Some caution should be employed in its use since it has not been fully tested[7].

Other Uses

None known

Cultivation details

A calcicole plant, it requires a freely draining but moist alkaline soil[1]. It tolerates full sun but prefers a position with at least part-day shade[200] and also grows in deep shade[219]. Plants can be grown in old brick walls[219]. A very ornamental plant[1]. Members of this genus are rarely if ever troubled by browsing deer[233].

Propagation

Spores - best sown as soon as they are ripe on the surface of a humus-rich sterilized soil. Keep the compost moist, preferably by putting a plastic bag over the pot. Germinates in spring[1]. Spring sown spores germinate in 1 - 3 months at 15°c[134]. Pot on small clumps of plantlets as soon as they are large enough to handle and grow them on in light shade in a cold frame or greenhouse. Keep them humid until they are well established. When they are at least 15cm tall, plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer.

Other Names

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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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Asplenium scolopendriumHart's Tongue Fern02
Asplenium trichomanesMaidenhair Spleenwort, Dense spleenwort, Toothed spleenwort, Brightgreen spleenwort11
Athyrium filix-feminaLady Fern, Common ladyfern, Subarctic ladyfern, Asplenium ladyfern, Southern Lady Fern, Tatting Fer12

 

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Readers comment

   Thu Jun 30 03:06:00 2005

One picture would have told me whether i got the name right, as it is, no picuture, not much use..................

C.J. Bruxner   Fri Jan 27 2006

Very true, insofar as Rustyback is a member of the British Flora. The plant is very distinctive and easily recognizable.

Ertugrul Akarcay   Thu Aug 27 2009

Our firm dealing in alternative medicine would be very interested to know the current stand of research on the medicinal value/contraindications of Asplenium ceterach officinarum. Thankyou very much!

   Oct 5 2013 12:00AM

this is a very knowed herb in greece for the treatment of kidney stones and crystalls and combinend with granberrys it can be protective from chronic prostatitis to became acute.it may also realif some symtoms of prostatitis. `

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