Species: Pteridium aquilinum
English Name: Bracken or Eagle fern
Chinese Name: 蕨、蕨菜、肴粉蕨、龍菜
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.
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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