Scientific name: Asparagus racemosus
Taxonomic Position According to Cronquist (1981)
Species: A. racemosus
Habit:A perennial, slender, scandent shrub with reflexed spines, root tuberous, many together. Leaves scale-like, minute, cladodes present in scalelike leaf axils. Cladode 2-6 nate, acicular, triquetrous, falcate, finely acuminate, 1.0-2.5 cm long.Inflorescence a raceme.
Flowers:Flowers bisexual, bracteate, pedicellate, white and sweet scented. Perianth segments 6, spreading.
Androecium:Stamens 6, adnate to the base of the perianth lobes, filaments free, anthers minute, oblong, purplish.
Gynoecium:Carpels 3, ovary superior, trigonous, 3-celled, 2-several ovules in each cell.
Fruits:Fruit a berry, globose, 4-6 mm in diameter.
Economic Importance: Tuberous roots are used as aphrodisiac, alterative, tonic, demulcent and diuretic. Ethanolic extracts of aerial parts possess anti-cancer properties.