Arthromeris juglandifolia (T.Moore) J.Sm.
Pleopeltis capitellata (Wall. ex Mett.) Bedd.
Pleopeltis juglandifolia T.Moore
Polypodium capitellatum Wall. ex Mett.
Polypodium wallichianum Spreng.
Arthromeris wallichiana is an evergreen fern producing fronds 50 - 100cm long on a creeping rhizome 10 - 15mm in diameter[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and a medicine.
E. Asia - Northern India, Nepal, southern China, northern Myanmar, northern Vietnam.
Shady places, growing on mossy tree trunks, thick branches and rocks; at elevations from 1,300 - 2,800 metres in Nepal[
Tolerates short periods of drought and direct sunlight, but it prefers bright filtered light[
Members of this genus are rarely if ever troubled by browsing deer[
Tender young fronds - cooked. Used as a vegetable[
The root is antiseptic. A paste of the roots is applied as a poultice to wounds and boils[
Spores - best sown as soon as ripe on the surface of a humus-rich sterilized soil. Keep the compost moist, preferably by putting a plastic bag over the pot. Pot on small clumps of plantlets as soon as they are large enough to handle and keep humid until they are well established. Do not plant outside until the ferns are at least 2 years old and then only in a very well sheltered position.
Division in spring[