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  Asparagus racemosus
  Citation:  Asparagus racemosus Willd., Sp. Pl. 2: 152. 1799; Hook. f., Fl. Brit. India 6: 316. 1892; Gamble, Fl. Pres. Madras 1517(1060). 1928; Manilal & Sivar., Fl. Calicut 293. 1982; Manilal, Fl. Silent Valley 318. 1988; Mohanan, Fl. Quilon Dist. 414. 1984; Antony, Syst. Stud. Fl. Kottayam Dist. 399. 1989; Babu, Fl. Malappuram Dist. 810. 1990; Subram., Fl. Thenmala Div. 390. 1995; Sasidh. et al., Bot. Stud. Med. Pl. Kerala 14,20,27. 1996; Sasidh. & Sivar., Fl. Pl. Thrissur For. 470. 1996; Sasidh., Fl. Shenduruny WLS 344. 1997; Swarup. et al., Shola For. Kerala 79. 1998; Sivar. & Mathew, Fl. Nilambur 727. 1997; Sasidh., Fl. Periyar Tiger Reserve 456. 1998; Sasidh., Fl. Chinnar WLS 314. 1999; Mohanan & Sivad., Fl. Agasthyamala 721. 2002; Anil Kumar et al., Fl. Pathanamthitta 505. 2005; Sunil & Sivadasan, Fl. Alappuzha Dist. 694. 2009; Ratheesh Narayanan, Fl. Stud. Wayanad Dist. 880. 2009. Protasparagus racemosus (Willd.) Oberm., S. Afr. J. Bot. 2: 244. 1983.
  Malayalam Name(s): Chathavalli, Sathavali, Sathavari, Thalicheria, Thaliperiya, Thannivayan-kizhangu
  Tamil name(s): Shatavari
  English name(s): Asparagus, Wild asparagus
  Description: Woody perennial climbers; stem often spinescent, terete, green; rootstock with fascicled elongated 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.
  Habit: Climber
  Flowering & Fruiting: July-August
  District(s): All Districts
  Medicinal: Yes
  Habitat: All forest types, also in the plains
  Distribution: Paleotropics
  Aquatic: No
  Epiphyte(s): No
  Saprophyte: No
  Stem parasite: No
  Root parasite: No
  Flower colour(s): White
  Weed: No
  Monocot/Dicot: Monocotyledonous Plants
  Exotic: No
  Garden: No
  Edible: No
  Vegetable: Yes
  Endemic to:
  IUCN status:
  Altitude: 500-800
  Localities: Kattalappara, Athiyodai, Olikkudy, Pachakkanam, Manaloda, Kalvarimala, Devicolam, Nelluyampathy forests, Aruvanpara, Adoor, Ponmudi, Kanichukulangara, Thalichola, Thenmalai, Vandalodu, Achencovil, Karamanayar region, Bonaccord
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