Diplazium esculentum (Retz.) Sw., J. Bot. (Schrader) 1801(2): 312 312 1803 (Syn: Anisogonium esculentum (Retz.) C.Presl ; Asplenium esculentum (Retz.) C.Presl ; Athyrium esculentum (Retz.) Copel. ; Callipteris esculenta (Retz.) J.Sm. ; Digrammaria esculenta (Retz.) Fée ; Microstegia esculenta (Retz.) C.Presl ; Hemionitis esculenta Retz.
Anisogonium serampurense C.PreslAnisogonium serrulatum C.Presl ; Asplenium ambiguum Sw. ; Asplenium bipinnatum Roxb.Asplenium malabaricum (Spreng.) Mett.Asplenium manilense Spreng.Asplenium moritzii Mett.Asplenium proliferum Wall.Asplenium puberulum Wall.Asplenium serrulatum C.PreslAsplenium umbrosum Mett.Asplenium vitiense BakerAthyrium ambiguum (Sw.) MildeAthyrium serrulatum MildeCallipteris ambigua (Sw.) T.MooreCallipteris esculenta var. pubescens (Link) ChingCallipteris malabarica (Spreng.) J.Sm. ; Callipteris serampurensis FéeCallipteris serrulata FéeCallipteris wallichii J.Sm.Digrammaria ambigua (Sw.) Hook.Diplazium ambiguum (Sw.) Hook.Diplazium esculentum var. pubescens (Link) Tardieu & C.Chr.Diplazium malabaricum Spreng.Diplazium manilense (Spreng.) C.Chr.Diplazium pubescens LinkDiplazium serampurense Spreng.Diplazium umbrosum MoritzDiplazium vitiense (Baker) Carruth.Microstegia ambigua (Sw.) C.PreslMicrostegia pubescens (Link) C.PreslMicrostegia serrulata C.Presl; Gymnogramma edulis Ces.Hemionitis incisa Blanco );
Tropical & Subtropical Asia to SW. Pacific: Andaman Is., Assam, Bangladesh, Bismarck Archipelago, Borneo, Cambodia, China South-Central, China Southeast, East Himalaya, Fiji, Hainan, India, Japan, Jawa, Laos, Lesser Sunda Is., Malaya, Maluku, Myanmar, Nansei-shoto, Nepal, New Guinea, Nicobar Is., Pakistan, Philippines, Samoa, Solomon Is., Sri Lanka, Sulawesi, Sumatera, Taiwan, Thailand, Tibet, Vanuatu, Vietnam, West Himalaya; Introduced into: Azores, Florida, Hawaii, KwaZulu-Natal, Queensland as per POWO;
Vegetable fern;

Vegetable fern (Diplazium esculentum) is an edible fern found throughout Asia and Oceania.
It is probably the most commonly consumed fern.[1] The young fronds are stir-fried as a “vegetable” or used in salads.[2][3]
It is known as pucuk paku in Malaysia, paco in the Philippines,[2] dhekia (ঢেকীয়া) in Assam, and linguda in northern India, referring to the curled fronds. They may have mild amounts of fern toxins but no major toxic effects are recorded.[4]
Diplazium esculentum is sometimes grown as a house plant
(From Wikipedia on 13.6.13)

Diplazium esculentum is pantropical in distribution and occurs widely and commonly throughout India, China, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam and Malesia.
It grows in gregarious colonies in open marshy areas, stream banks and canals from sea level to 2,300 m (Manickam and Irudayaraj 1992, 2003)


Diplazium esculentum
Local name: Dhekia Saag
Uses: Tender leaves are eaten either boiled or after frying. A hot favourite of Arunachalee people.
Locality: Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh (ca 550 m)

– When I searched for its family I found that it is an edible fern. Not aware that fern is edible. Thanks for showing this new plant. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diplazium_esculentum

Young emerging leaves of many ferns especially Dryopteris are relished as a vegetable in Western Himalayas, locally known as kunji. the scales on the rachis are scrapped before cooking it.

– We call them ‘Ningro‘ in Nepali in Sikkim.  There are many edible varieties. People prefer them cooked with local cottage cheese called ‘churpi’. I have also seen them being sold outside Guwahati station.

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Fern for id 250510MK2 – efloraofindia | Google Groups: 5 images.

Kindly help to id this common fern found on river shore.
Young leaves used as vegetables by the local tribal.
Location: Moist Deciduous forest; Mudumalai wls
Alt: 650 msl
Date: 02 May 2010

Can be some species of Dryopteris!!

May be Dryopteris stenolepis

Diplazium sps, possibly D.esculentum