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Asparagaceae.

Asparagus adscendens Roxb.
Local Name:
Safiad Musli.
Synonym:
Habit & Habitat:
A perennial,spiny, subshrub up to 100 cm tall, found in sub-tropical zone.
Plant Description:
Root tuberous.Young branches ash gray to white. Spines straight and woody. Stem modified in to leaf-like structures called cladodes,which are many,filiform, mostly5-20 in number.Inflorescence a raceme,4-8 cm long.Flower actinomorphic, bisexual,white, subsessile.Fruit a berry,dark red, 4-5mm in diameter.
Flowering and Fruiting:
September-November.
Harvesting Time:
November-December.
Medicinal Value:
Useful in dysentery and diarrhea. Locally it is used in impotency for its aphrodisiac properties and as a general body tonic. A local recipe of boiled tubers has been introduced in area.
Part Used:
Root.
Occurrence:
Uncommon.
Future Perspective:
Conservation, Cultivation, Herbal Pharmacy, Allopathic. Pharmacy.
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