Plant : Helminthostachys zeylanica from Rejang Land Sumatra




Helminthostachys zeylanica is a terrestrial, herbaceous, fern-like plant of southeastern Asia and Australia,but i  don't know what the common name in Rejang Land. The genus Helminthostachys is monotypic and, just like the other members of its family, it has clusters of sporangia on stems of fertile, spike-like fronds.
The rhizome of this annual plant is short, creeping, underground, and stout. They can bear either a solitary frond or several fronds. Leaves are lanceolate with the margins entire or irregularly serrate.
The frond spike arises from the base of the leaves with its own stipe. Below the spike is a sterile leafy segment (the trophophore). Both it and the sporophore arise from a common petiole.


this plant can be use for medicine to treat bleeding and headache

Scientific Classification :


Kingdom:Plantae
Division:Pteridophyta
Class:Psilotopsida
Order:Ophioglossales
Family:Botrychiaceae
Genus:Helminthostachys
Species:H. zeylanica
Binominal Name :
Helminthostachys zeylanica (L.) Hook.

Image Location : Dusun Baru Village,Kotapadang District, Rejang Lebong Regency

References :
  • Thank to Mr. Tony Rodd for helping me identify this plant
  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helminthostachys

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