Asparagus racemosus

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  • Botanical Name : Asparagus racemosus Willd.
  • Common Name : Shatavari, Ekalkanto
  • Plant Family : Asparagaceae
  • Earlier this plant was placed in family Liliaceae.

  • Plant Form : Climbers
  • Occurrence (Sectors) : 1 - 4, 6, 10, 12, 14 - 21, 23, 25 - 30
  • Occurrence (Special Areas) : Gujarat Forestry Research Foundation, Indroda Park, Ayurvedic Udyan, Punit Van, Sarita Udyan, Van Chetana Kendra, Basan, Aranya Van

About Asparagus racemosus Plant :

  • Habit : An extensive, spinous, much branched climber with fasciculated tuberous roots.
  • Leaves : Linear, with a stout conical spinous spur, straight or slightly curved cladodes very slender, spinous - pointed.
  • Inflorescence : Racemes
  • Flowers :
    • White, fragrant in simple racemes, either one or two, bract small.
    • Perianth segments 6, oblong-obtuse.
    • Stamens 6, anthers subglobose.
    • ovary superior, style short, stigma 3, spreading.
  • Fruit : Berry, globose, red coloured.
  • Flowering and Fruiting time : October - January
  • Significance :
    • Planted in gardens as ornamental.
    • The tuberous roots are used as a powerful tonic.
    • Root is useful in the treatment of dysentery, convulsion.
    • It is also given in impotency.