The Cabrino plant is quite small, measuring 1 to 2 feet high at best. The triangular-shaped fronds are composed of very fine and straight Tallit and numerous small leaves divided into segments. They reproduce through spores that are stored in the sporangia. These in turn are grouped into so-called sori.
Can be found throughout the peninsula, much more commonly in the western half, being very common presence in Galicia, Portugal, Melilla and the Canary Islands.
One grows in walls where the sun does not give much, cliffs and shady slopes.
It has no flowers and therefore can not speak flowering time. It reproduces by spores, which are stored in the sporangia. The sporangia begin to mature in early March and continue throughout the spring and summer. The spores germinate a green plant called the prothallus, very small, heart-shaped, being necessary to use a microscope to see it. The prothallus contains organs both male and female, to be fertilized a female organ of a male originates Cabrino.
The party collected is the rhizome, it is convenient to collect while they are maturing sporangia since at this time that is most active, although it can be harvested throughout the year.
It has long been used to reduce fever and as sudorific, as well as cure of venereal diseases. Today, it is shown that there is a plant very active and is rarely used in pharmaceutical preparations, so it has not been studied composition.
Usually the plants replaced by other more active and studied to treat high fevers or to act as sudorific.
cooking. Place 50 gr. The rhizome of the Cabrino to a boil in a quart of water for 25 minutes. Allow to cool and strained the remains of the plant. Add some sugar or honey to sweeten if the taste is not very pleasant. It takes three cups a day after meals.
Poultice. Prepare a decoction of the plant with more than the previous amount and impregnated cloth with him. Is placed on the forehead and around the body in case of high fever.
HABITAT: Rocks and walls of Galicia and the Canaries
FLOWERING: Mature sporangia from March
PART USED: Rhizome
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