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Author: Qjure

Cibotium barometz
English: Scythian lamb; Chain fern; Golden chicken fern; Woolly fern.
Clades: Dicksoniaceae.
Region: Asia, China, southern Japan, northeast India, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, New Guinea.
Habitat: subtropical and tropical; on hillsides, gullie, forests; shady damp; open places in forests, forest margins, valleys, warm humid environments; elevations below 600 metres, occasionally to 1600 metres; not cold-hardy; prefers a humus-rich, acid soil, sheltered light position, with shade from strong sun; in light woodland; requires shelter from winds.
Content: carcinogens so some caution is advisable; thiaminase; 30% starch; tannins.
Culture: mythical, medieval legend “Vegetable Lamb of Tartary”, a half-sheep, half-plant hybrid.
Use: ornamental; as substrate material for orchids; traditional Chinese medicine; furry part as a vaginal tampon; hairs for stuffing cushions, packing material; control aphids and spider mites.

Fern; treelike; 2 m tall; evergreen; looks like a golden haired dog.
Root: rhizome is very thick, woody, woolly, covered with long soft, golden yellow hairs.
Leaves: in clusters; up to 2 metres tall.