Acrostichum

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(ak-ros'-tik-um) [dxpov, a point; a ~' c X°C, a line of writing]. A genus of ferns of the order Polypodiacece. A. aureum, a tropical species; the rhizome is used in decoction for dysentery and disease of the spleen. A salt prepared from the leaves is applied to ulcers. A. dichotomum, an Arabian species [medjabese or mejahoese]; the leaves are applied to burns. A. flavens, a South American species, used as a laxative.

A. furcatum, an Australian species having edi- ble rhizomes. A. huacsaro, a Peruvian spe- cies. It is said to be sudorific and anthel- mintic. A. sorbifoliutn, a West Indian species.

The juice is mixed with oil, ginger, and pepper, and used as a cataplasm in sick headache.

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