Pteridium aquilinum

Species:  Pteridium aquilinum

English Name: Bracken or Eagle fern

Chinese Name: 蕨、蕨菜、肴粉蕨、龍菜

Family: Pteridiaceae


It’s called eagle fern because of the shape of the mature fronds appearing akin to an eagle’s wing. Or it can also be because the pattern of the fibbers seen in transverse section of the stipe resemble a double-headed eagle.

It contains carcinogenic compounds. In Japan where the young stem is consumed as a vegetable, it is predicted to have the  higher rates of stomach cancer in the world.

© 2007 Mark Casarotto

© 2007 Mark Casarotto

© 2013 John Beetham

© 2013 John Beetham







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–  Department of Gardens and Green Areas, Civic and Municipal Affairs Bureau of Macao Special Administrative Region, South China Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Science 2005. Flora of Macao (Volume 1). Macao, SAR: Author