The doradilla is a fern in the family of polidiáceas, which is characterized by some sporangia (reproductive bodies) or in groups called sori-piles-which usually form on the underside of the fronds or leaves. Often these sori are not sheltered by the leaves but only by structures called indusia usually membranous. The doradilla is unmistakable in the shape of their leaves, which have a foot long and are divided into segments on both sides. The upper surface of the fronds are pale green and hairless.
This fern grows on walls and rocks of almost the entire country, from sea level to high mountains.
As we know from other ferns that have appeared in this work, no flowering plants, but maturation of the sporangia. In this case, the mature sporangia of doradilla almost throughout the year.
In the family polipodiáceas many ferns we find common in our geography, but little studied in terms of its composition is concerned. In fact, virtually unknown chemical structure of this species. What little research has been reported to us is rich in tannins, organic acids and mucilages, especially in the aerial parts. It is an astringent plant, used since ancient times to fight coughs and as a diuretic in cooking. It has also been popularly used as a stimulant and liver function as a general tonic.
This fern was described by Dioscorides for many years, but their uses were different then. He always knew his job heal internal organs, but this was an empirical employment. At present, although it is awaiting review, is used for kidney and bladder stones in bronchitis, catarrh, fatigue and convalescence. It is highly toxic, so you can experiment with it quietly. When used to produce urine, it is advisable to take large amounts of tea. As a curiosity, note that in Italy in Genoa in particular-seventeenth-century women used this fern to dye your hair blonde, using lye made of ashes of this species, often washing the head with it. Then put the hair to dry in the sun, thus it is daybreak. Naturally, it was a dye that eventually ended with the hair. Nowadays there are certainly better products.
cooking. Very effective against coughs and as a diuretic. It is prepared by boiling for 15-20 minutes at about 30 deg. Doradilla in one liter of water. If cooking is to be used as a diuretic, you can drink as much as you like. To make its effects chest to relieve cough, it is best taken hot and sweetened with a little honey or sugar.
You can also prepare teas and other liquids. In the pharmaceutical market can be purchased cut the plant in sealed bags.
HABITAT: On walls and rocks
FLOWERING: The sporangia ripen all year
PART USED: Aerial parts
CASTILIAN: Hierba dorada
BASQUE: Kulandrin orí
GALICIAN: Herba de ouro
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