|Scientific Name||Asparagus racemosus Willd.|
Flowering class: Monocot
Woody perennial climbers; stem often spinescent, terete, green; rootstock with fascicled tuberous roots. Cladodes from the axils of scale leaves in clusters of 2-6, 0.8-1.5 x 0.1-0.3 cm, linear-falcate, slightly triquetrous, base narrow, apex acute. Racemes 2.5-5 cm long, slender, axillary, solitary or clustered. Flowers bisexual, 5-6 mm across; bracts triangular; pedicel c. 1 mm long. Perianth-lobes 6, white, c. 3 x 0.5 mm, oblong, acute. Stamens 6, adnate to the perianth lobes; filaments subulate. Ovary 2-3 mm long, globose to slightly 3-gonous, 3-celled; ovules 2 per cell; stigma 3, recurved. Berry 4-6 mm diam., globose, purple on ripening. Seeds 2-5, c. 2 mm across, globose.
Flowering and fruiting: July-August
Prickles pointing downwards and present on the nodes from where thebranches arise.
In clustered racemes, white, fragrant. Flowering from June-October.
A berry, globose, red when ripe. Seeds 3-6, globose or angled. Fruting from October onwards.
An armed vine.
Common in the plains from the coast, in scrub jungle, hill slopes, forest borders, fallow lands, upto 1400m. Throughout the tropics.
All forest types, also in the plains
State - Kerala, District/s: All Districts
The tubers are eaten, it is used to cure stomach troubles, to remove stones from the urinary tract and to quench thirst.