An herb entry from the Ancient Herbs and Modern Herbs book by James K. Sayre, Copyright, 2001. All rights reserved.


Adder's Tongue - Ophioglossum vulgatum - family: Ophioglossaceae (Filices) (Adder's-Tongue Family).

This perennial plant is in one of the fern families, although it does not resemble a typical fern. This rhizome-based plant grows to less than one foot high. It has two-part leaves, with a rounded diamond-shaped sheath and narrow spike. It reproduces by means of spores. Traditional European folk use of leaves and rhizomes as a poultice for wounds. This remedy was sometimes called the "Green Oil of Charity." A tea made from the leaves was used as a traditional European folk remedy for internal bleeding and vomiting. Native to Europe.



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