Dryopteris- Buckler fern and it’s importance
Scientific Name: Dryopteris
Common Name: Commonly known as wood fern, male fern.
Description: Dryopteris or buckler fern have almost 250 species. It is native to Eastern Asia, the Americas, Europe, Africa, and the Pacific islands, with the highest species diversity in eastern Asia. It is found growing on grounds and rocks. Great ferny foliage with visible sori. A great foil for other plants. The sori are round, with a peltate indusium and stipes have prominent scales.
Importance: It is used as food plants by the larvae of some Lepidoptera species. It is used as an indoor as well as a garden plant, vermifuge. The rhizomes are used for curing ailments.