Lygodium japonicum Health effects and herbal facts

Known as
Japanese climbing fern

Lygodium japonicum is a species of fern that is known by the common name Japanese climbing fern. It is native to eastern Asia, including Japan, Korea, southeastern Asia, and India, and eastern Australia. The fern is present in the southeastern United States and Puerto Rico as an introduced species. This fern produces a creeping stem from which grow very long leaves, the longest exceeding 30 metres. The leaves have rachises, which are vine-like and may climb other vegetation. What appear to be individual leaves sprouting from the twining rachis are actually leaflets, which are smaller segments from the main leaf. There are two types of leaflets, sterile and fertile. The sterile frond has lance-shaped segments. The fertile frond has more intricately divided, fringed segments. It is lined with sporangia on the edges. The plant reproduces via spores and spreads vegetatively via underground rhizomes. An introduced species in North America, Japanese climbing fern was first recorded as being established in Georgia in 1903. In the southeastern United States this plant is now considered an invasive weed of economic and ecological significance.

Lygodium japonicum

Medical use

Economic importance of Lygodium japonicum

Environmental ornamental
Medicines folklore

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Geografical distribution

  • ASIA-TEMPERATE
    Native
    • China: China
    • Eastern Asia: Japan - Honshu , Kyushu, Ryukyu Islands, Shikoku; Korea
  • ASIA-TROPICAL
    Native
    • Indian Subcontinent: Bhutan; India; Nepal; Sri Lanka
    • Indo-China: Cambodia; Laos; Thailand; Vietnam
    • Malesia: Indonesia; Malaysia; Papua New Guinea; Philippines
  • AUSTRALASIA
    Naturalized
    • Australia: Australia
  • NORTHERN AMERICA
    Naturalized
    • United States

Biological activities

ACE-Inhibitor
Zinc found in Pollen Or Spore (23 ppm)
Analgesic
Zinc found in Pollen Or Spore (23 ppm)
Angiotensin-Receptor-Blocker
Potassium found in Pollen Or Spore (7380 ppm)
Anorexic
Arsenic found in Pollen Or Spore (1.17 ppm)
AntiBPH
Zinc found in Pollen Or Spore (23 ppm)
AntiCFS
Magnesium found in Pollen Or Spore (2270 ppm)
AntiHIV
Zinc found in Pollen Or Spore (23 ppm)
AntiLyme
Magnesium found in Pollen Or Spore (2270 ppm)
AntiMS
Magnesium found in Pollen Or Spore (2270 ppm)
AntiPMS
Calcium found in Pollen Or Spore (3060 ppm)
Magnesium found in Pollen Or Spore (2270 ppm)
Manganese found in Pollen Or Spore (191 ppm)
Antiacne
Zinc found in Pollen Or Spore (23 ppm)
Antiacrodermatitic
Zinc found in Pollen Or Spore (23 ppm)
Antiaggregant
Magnesium found in Pollen Or Spore (2270 ppm)
Antiakathisic
Iron found in Pollen Or Spore (1090 ppm)
Antialcoholic
Magnesium found in Pollen Or Spore (2270 ppm)
Manganese found in Pollen Or Spore (191 ppm)
Zinc found in Pollen Or Spore (23 ppm)
Antiallergic
Calcium found in Pollen Or Spore (3060 ppm)
Antialopecic
Zinc found in Pollen Or Spore (23 ppm)
Antialzheimeran
Zinc found in Pollen Or Spore (23 ppm)
Antianemic
Copper found in Pollen Or Spore (13 ppm)
Iron found in Pollen Or Spore (1090 ppm)
Manganese found in Pollen Or Spore (191 ppm)
Antianginal
Magnesium found in Pollen Or Spore (2270 ppm)
Antiangiogenic
Zinc found in Pollen Or Spore (23 ppm)
Antianorectic
Magnesium found in Pollen Or Spore (2270 ppm)
Antianorexic
Zinc found in Pollen Or Spore (23 ppm)
Antianxiety
Calcium found in Pollen Or Spore (3060 ppm)
Magnesium found in Pollen Or Spore (2270 ppm)
Antiarrhythmic
Calcium found in Pollen Or Spore (3060 ppm)
Magnesium found in Pollen Or Spore (2270 ppm)
Potassium found in Pollen Or Spore (7380 ppm)
Antiarthritic
Calcium found in Pollen Or Spore (3060 ppm)
Copper found in Pollen Or Spore (13 ppm)
Magnesium found in Pollen Or Spore (2270 ppm)
Manganese found in Pollen Or Spore (191 ppm)
Zinc found in Pollen Or Spore (23 ppm)
Antiasthmatic
Magnesium found in Pollen Or Spore (2270 ppm)
Antiatherosclerotic
Calcium found in Pollen Or Spore (3060 ppm)
Magnesium found in Pollen Or Spore (2270 ppm)
Anticanker
Iron found in Pollen Or Spore (1090 ppm)
Zinc found in Pollen Or Spore (23 ppm)
Anticataract
Zinc found in Pollen Or Spore (23 ppm)
Anticephalagic
Magnesium found in Pollen Or Spore (2270 ppm)
Anticheilitic
Iron found in Pollen Or Spore (1090 ppm)
Anticlimacteric
Calcium found in Pollen Or Spore (3060 ppm)
Magnesium found in Pollen Or Spore (2270 ppm)
Anticoeliac
Zinc found in Pollen Or Spore (23 ppm)
Anticold
Zinc found in Pollen Or Spore (23 ppm)
Anticolitic
Zinc found in Pollen Or Spore (23 ppm)
Anticonvulsant
Magnesium found in Pollen Or Spore (2270 ppm)
Anticoronary
Magnesium found in Pollen Or Spore (2270 ppm)
Zinc found in Pollen Or Spore (23 ppm)
Antidandruff
Zinc found in Pollen Or Spore (23 ppm)
Antidementia
Zinc found in Pollen Or Spore (23 ppm)
Antidepressant
Calcium found in Pollen Or Spore (3060 ppm)
Magnesium found in Pollen Or Spore (2270 ppm)
Potassium found in Pollen Or Spore (7380 ppm)
Antidiabetic
Copper found in Pollen Or Spore (13 ppm)
Magnesium found in Pollen Or Spore (2270 ppm)
Manganese found in Pollen Or Spore (191 ppm)
Zinc found in Pollen Or Spore (23 ppm)
Antidiscotic
Manganese found in Pollen Or Spore (191 ppm)
Antidysgeuzic
Zinc found in Pollen Or Spore (23 ppm)
Antidyskinetic
Manganese found in Pollen Or Spore (191 ppm)
Antidysmenorrheic
Magnesium found in Pollen Or Spore (2270 ppm)
Antieczemic
Zinc found in Pollen Or Spore (23 ppm)
Antiencephalopathic
Zinc found in Pollen Or Spore (23 ppm)
Antiendometriotic
Magnesium found in Pollen Or Spore (2270 ppm)
Antienterotic
Magnesium found in Pollen Or Spore (2270 ppm)
Antiepileptic
Magnesium found in Pollen Or Spore (2270 ppm)
Manganese found in Pollen Or Spore (191 ppm)
Zinc found in Pollen Or Spore (23 ppm)
Antifatigue
Copper found in Pollen Or Spore (13 ppm)
Magnesium found in Pollen Or Spore (2270 ppm)
Potassium found in Pollen Or Spore (7380 ppm)
Antifibromyalgic
Magnesium found in Pollen Or Spore (2270 ppm)
Antifibrotic
Zinc found in Pollen Or Spore (23 ppm)
Antifuruncular
Zinc found in Pollen Or Spore (23 ppm)
Antigastrotic
Magnesium found in Pollen Or Spore (2270 ppm)
Antiglaucomic
Magnesium found in Pollen Or Spore (2270 ppm)
Antihangover
Zinc found in Pollen Or Spore (23 ppm)
Antihyperkinetic
Calcium found in Pollen Or Spore (3060 ppm)
Magnesium found in Pollen Or Spore (2270 ppm)
Antihypertensive
Calcium found in Pollen Or Spore (3060 ppm)
Magnesium found in Pollen Or Spore (2270 ppm)
Potassium found in Pollen Or Spore (7380 ppm)
Antihypoglycemic
Magnesium found in Pollen Or Spore (2270 ppm)
Antiimpotence
Zinc found in Pollen Or Spore (23 ppm)
Antiinfective
Zinc found in Pollen Or Spore (23 ppm)
Antiinfertility
Zinc found in Pollen Or Spore (23 ppm)
Antiinflammatory
Copper found in Pollen Or Spore (13 ppm)
Magnesium found in Pollen Or Spore (2270 ppm)
Antiinsomniac
Calcium found in Pollen Or Spore (3060 ppm)
Magnesium found in Pollen Or Spore (2270 ppm)
Zinc found in Pollen Or Spore (23 ppm)
Antilepric
Zinc found in Pollen Or Spore (23 ppm)
Antileukonychic
Zinc found in Pollen Or Spore (23 ppm)
Antilithic
Magnesium found in Pollen Or Spore (2270 ppm)
Antilymphomic
Zinc found in Pollen Or Spore (23 ppm)
Antimaculitic
Zinc found in Pollen Or Spore (23 ppm)
Antimastalgic
Magnesium found in Pollen Or Spore (2270 ppm)
Antimenopausal
Calcium found in Pollen Or Spore (3060 ppm)
Magnesium found in Pollen Or Spore (2270 ppm)
Antimenorrhagic
Iron found in Pollen Or Spore (1090 ppm)
Antimetastatic
Zinc found in Pollen Or Spore (23 ppm)
Antimigraine
Magnesium found in Pollen Or Spore (2270 ppm)
Antimitral-valve-prolapse
Magnesium found in Pollen Or Spore (2270 ppm)
Antinephrolytic
Magnesium found in Pollen Or Spore (2270 ppm)
Antineuropathic
Zinc found in Pollen Or Spore (23 ppm)
Antineurotic
Magnesium found in Pollen Or Spore (2270 ppm)
Antinociceptive
Copper found in Pollen Or Spore (13 ppm)
Antinyctalopic
Zinc found in Pollen Or Spore (23 ppm)
Antiobesity
Calcium found in Pollen Or Spore (3060 ppm)
Zinc found in Pollen Or Spore (23 ppm)
Antiosteoporotic
Calcium found in Pollen Or Spore (3060 ppm)
Copper found in Pollen Or Spore (13 ppm)
Magnesium found in Pollen Or Spore (2270 ppm)
Manganese found in Pollen Or Spore (191 ppm)
Zinc found in Pollen Or Spore (23 ppm)
Antiototic
Manganese found in Pollen Or Spore (191 ppm)
Antioxidant
Manganese found in Pollen Or Spore (191 ppm)
Antiperiodontitic
Calcium found in Pollen Or Spore (3060 ppm)
Zinc found in Pollen Or Spore (23 ppm)
Antiplaque
Magnesium found in Pollen Or Spore (2270 ppm)
Zinc found in Pollen Or Spore (23 ppm)
Antiprolactin
Zinc found in Pollen Or Spore (23 ppm)
Antiprostatitic
Zinc found in Pollen Or Spore (23 ppm)
Antiretinopathic
Magnesium found in Pollen Or Spore (2270 ppm)
Antirheumatic
Calcium found in Pollen Or Spore (3060 ppm)
Zinc found in Pollen Or Spore (23 ppm)
Antiseptic
Zinc found in Pollen Or Spore (23 ppm)
Antispare-Tire
Zinc found in Pollen Or Spore (23 ppm)
Antispasmodic
Magnesium found in Pollen Or Spore (2270 ppm)
Potassium found in Pollen Or Spore (7380 ppm)
Antispasmophilic
Magnesium found in Pollen Or Spore (2270 ppm)
Antistomatitic
Zinc found in Pollen Or Spore (23 ppm)
Antistress
Calcium found in Pollen Or Spore (3060 ppm)
Magnesium found in Pollen Or Spore (2270 ppm)
Antistroke
Magnesium found in Pollen Or Spore (2270 ppm)
Potassium found in Pollen Or Spore (7380 ppm)
Antisyndrome-X
Magnesium found in Pollen Or Spore (2270 ppm)
Manganese found in Pollen Or Spore (191 ppm)
Zinc found in Pollen Or Spore (23 ppm)
Antitic
Calcium found in Pollen Or Spore (3060 ppm)
Antitinnitic
Zinc found in Pollen Or Spore (23 ppm)
Antitriglyceride
Zinc found in Pollen Or Spore (23 ppm)
Antiulcer
Zinc found in Pollen Or Spore (23 ppm)
Anxiolytic
Calcium found in Pollen Or Spore (3060 ppm)
Magnesium found in Pollen Or Spore (2270 ppm)
Potassium found in Pollen Or Spore (7380 ppm)
Astringent
Zinc found in Pollen Or Spore (23 ppm)
Beta-Blocker
Potassium found in Pollen Or Spore (7380 ppm)
CNS-Depressant
Magnesium found in Pollen Or Spore (2270 ppm)
Calcium-Antagonist
Magnesium found in Pollen Or Spore (2270 ppm)
Calcium-Channel-Blocker
Calcium found in Pollen Or Spore (3060 ppm)
Cardioprotective
Copper found in Pollen Or Spore (13 ppm)
Magnesium found in Pollen Or Spore (2270 ppm)
Potassium found in Pollen Or Spore (7380 ppm)
Cardiotoxic
Potassium found in Pollen Or Spore (7380 ppm)
Collagenic
Zinc found in Pollen Or Spore (23 ppm)
Contraceptive
Copper found in Pollen Or Spore (13 ppm)
Copper-Antagonist
Zinc found in Pollen Or Spore (23 ppm)
Deodorant
Zinc found in Pollen Or Spore (23 ppm)
Diuretic
Calcium found in Pollen Or Spore (3060 ppm)
Magnesium found in Pollen Or Spore (2270 ppm)
Potassium found in Pollen Or Spore (7380 ppm)
Ergogenic
Zinc found in Pollen Or Spore (23 ppm)
Hypertensive
Sodium found in Pollen Or Spore (104 ppm)
Hypocholesterolemic
Calcium found in Pollen Or Spore (3060 ppm)
Copper found in Pollen Or Spore (13 ppm)
Magnesium found in Pollen Or Spore (2270 ppm)
Hypoglycemic
Manganese found in Pollen Or Spore (191 ppm)
Hypotensive
Calcium found in Pollen Or Spore (3060 ppm)
Magnesium found in Pollen Or Spore (2270 ppm)
Potassium found in Pollen Or Spore (7380 ppm)
Zinc found in Pollen Or Spore (23 ppm)
Immunomodulator
Copper found in Pollen Or Spore (13 ppm)
Magnesium found in Pollen Or Spore (2270 ppm)
Zinc found in Pollen Or Spore (23 ppm)
Immunostimulant
Zinc found in Pollen Or Spore (23 ppm)
Immunosuppressant
Zinc found in Pollen Or Spore (23 ppm)
Insulinogenic
Magnesium found in Pollen Or Spore (2270 ppm)
Zinc found in Pollen Or Spore (23 ppm)
Laxative
Calcium found in Pollen Or Spore (3060 ppm)
Magnesium found in Pollen Or Spore (2270 ppm)
Leptingenic
Zinc found in Pollen Or Spore (23 ppm)
Litholytic
Magnesium found in Pollen Or Spore (2270 ppm)
Mucogenic
Zinc found in Pollen Or Spore (23 ppm)
Myorelaxant
Magnesium found in Pollen Or Spore (2270 ppm)
NF-kB-Inhibitor
Zinc found in Pollen Or Spore (23 ppm)
Nephrotoxic
Mercury found in Pollen Or Spore (0.55 ppm)
Neurotransmitter
Magnesium found in Pollen Or Spore (2270 ppm)
Pesticide
Arsenic found in Pollen Or Spore (1.17 ppm)
Zinc found in Pollen Or Spore (23 ppm)
Prooxidant
Iron found in Pollen Or Spore (1090 ppm)
Schizophrenigenic
Copper found in Pollen Or Spore (13 ppm)
Spermigenic
Zinc found in Pollen Or Spore (23 ppm)
Testosteronigenic
Zinc found in Pollen Or Spore (23 ppm)
Tranquilizer
Calcium found in Pollen Or Spore (3060 ppm)
Magnesium found in Pollen Or Spore (2270 ppm)
Trichomonicide
Zinc found in Pollen Or Spore (23 ppm)
Uterorelaxant
Magnesium found in Pollen Or Spore (2270 ppm)
Vasodilator
Calcium found in Pollen Or Spore (3060 ppm)
Magnesium found in Pollen Or Spore (2270 ppm)
Potassium found in Pollen Or Spore (7380 ppm)
Vulnerary
Zinc found in Pollen Or Spore (23 ppm)

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Chemicals detected

Chemical Plant part Low ppm High ppm
Arsenic Pollen Or Spore 1.17
Calcium Pollen Or Spore 3,060
Copper Pollen Or Spore 13
Iron Pollen Or Spore 1,090
Magnesium Pollen Or Spore 2,270
Manganese Pollen Or Spore 191
Mercury Pollen Or Spore 0.55
Potassium Pollen Or Spore 7,380
Sodium Pollen Or Spore 104
Zinc Pollen Or Spore 23
Reference: Dr. Duke's Phytochemical and Ethnobotanical Databases. [Online Database]