ADIANTUM CAUDATUM Linn.
Local names: Alambrillong-gubat (Tag.).
Alambrillong-gubat is widely distributed in the Philippines, being especially common in thickets. It is also reported from Tropical Africa and from Asia to Polynesia.
The stipes are tufted, erect or spreading, more or less covered with brown hairs, 5 to 20 centimeters long. The fronds are linear in outline, simply pinnate, 15 to 30 centimeters long; the leaflets, 1 to 2 centimeters long; the upper margin is rounded, and more or less cut. The ranchis and both surfaces of the frond are villose, rooting at the apex; the sori are roundish on the edges of the lobes.
According to Kirtikar and Basu the leaves are used in the preparation of “sirop-de-capillaire.” In Bourbon it is also used to cure coughs and fevers. Externally it is a remedy for skin diseases and internally it is said to be useful in diabetes.