Also known as 'Devil Brushes' in England it is believed that hanging dried ferns in the house will protect all the inhabitants from thunder and lightning damage. Be careful though because it may rain when the ferns are cut or burnt. The brackenseed of the plant is said to provide magical qualities if you place a few in the pocket - invisibility being the most notable. Also be careful when you go seed collecting because it is believed that treading on a fern will cause the poor unfortunate traveller to become confused and lose his way. Stomach ache is supposed to be alleviated by taking some crushed brackenseed taken with water from a fern growing on a tree.