Elephant Fern

The Elephant Fern or Paku Gajah can grow from six to twenty feet high. They can be found in most moist forests of Africa, Asia and the Pacific islands. Forest communities and traditional midwives use the fern to arrest the discharge of blood from a miscarriage. A poultice of the fern can help relieve coughs. Its fibres can be used as bandages. The Hawaiians have been known to steep the fern in coconut oil to make it fragrant.

Source: Malaysian Timber Council, Various Issues

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