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Adiantum lunulatum  Burm.


Botanical Name


Adiantum lunulatum Burm.

English Name


Crescent maidenhair.



Adiantum philippense L.





General Info


Rhizome short-creeping, erect or suberect, to 5 mm diam.; scales yellow to dark red-brown, often bicolorous, with entire or scarcely serrate margins and blunt apical seta. Fronds tufted, arching, to 40 cm long. Stipe to 15 cm long, glabrous. Lamina 1-pinnate, narrowly triangular, 10–22 cm long, 3–6 cm wide; rachis glabrous, occasionally extended past lamina and ending in proliferous bud. Pinnules subdimidiate, rounded-trapeziform or semi-circular to almost lunate, glabrous; basal angle acute on upper pinnules, usually obtuse on lower ones; distal margin entire or irregularly lobed, scarcely denticulate when sterile; stalks articulated to rachis. Sori 1–10 per segment, occupying entire lobe margin; soral flaps linear to sublunate, glabrous.

Herb Effects

Pungent, alterative, alexiteric, antidysenteric, antiulcer,antierysipelas,antiepileptic



Active Ingredients

22,29xi-epoxy-30-norhopane-13beta-ol (1), fern-9(11)-en-6alpha-ol. fern-9(11)-ene, fern-9(11)-en-25-oic acid, fern-9(11)-en-28-ol, filicenol-B, adiantone and oxidation product of fern-9(11)-en-6alpha-ol obtained as 6-oxofern-9(11)-ene (whole plant)Reddy et al., 2001

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Medicinal Use

Fruits are used in leprosy, fever and erysipelas; for strangury and fever due to elephantiasis (roots); in treating blood diseases and burning sensation


Sharma, Classical Uses of Medicinal Plants.

Marino A. Elberti MG. Cataldo A. Phytochemical investigation of Adiantum capillus veneris. Boll Soc Ital Biol Sper 1989 65(5):461-3.

Reddy VL, Ravikanth V, Rao TP, Diwan PV, Venkateswarlu Y. 2001 A new triterpenoid from the fern Adiantum lunulatum and evaluation of antibacterial activity. Phytochemistry.2001 56(2):173-5.



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