The economic uses and associated folklore of ferns and fern allies

  title={The economic uses and associated folklore of ferns and fern allies},
  author={Lenore Wile May},
  journal={The Botanical Review},
  • L. May
  • Published 1 October 1978
  • Biology
  • The Botanical Review
SummaryFerns (and their allies) have an interesting history which is reflected in folklore and legends. “FERN SEEDS” were thought to make one invisible. The possessor of these “SEEDS” allowed the finder to understand the language of birds, find buried treasure, and have the strength of forty men. Historically, they have been an important source of drugs, food, and fibers as well as other products. Fern dyes are being widely used. Ferns, which are eaten worldwide, are currently being explored as… 
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