Taxon: Asparagus racemosus Willd.

Genus: Asparagus
Family: Asparagaceae
  Subfamily: Asparagoideae
Nomen number: 5540
Place of publication: Sp. pl. 2(1):152. 1799
Name Verified on: 16-Apr-1996 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 06-Aug-2002
Species priority site is: Northeast Regional PI Station (NE9)
Accessions: 15 in National Plant Germplasm System

Common names:

Economic Importance:

  • Medicines: folklore (fide CRC MedHerbs ed2; Herbs Commerce ed2)

Distributional Range:


  • Africa

    • East Tropical Africa: Kenya; Tanzania
    • Northeast Tropical Africa: Eritrea; Ethiopia; Somalia; Sudan
    • South Tropical Africa: Angola; Mozambique
    • Southern Africa: Botswana; Namibia; South Africa - Eastern Cape, - KwaZulu-Natal, - Limpopo, - Mpumalanga; Swaziland
    • Western Indian Ocean: Madagascar
  • Asia-Tropical

    • Indian Subcontinent: Bhutan; India; Nepal; Pakistan; Sri Lanka
    • Indo-China: Myanmar
    • Malesia: Indonesia - Java, - Lesser Sunda Islands, - Moluccas; Malaysia
    • North Indian Ocean: India - Andaman and Nicobar
  • Australasia

    • Australia: Australia - Northern Territory, - Queensland, - Western Australia


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Check other web resources for Asparagus racemosus Willd. :

  • Flora of China: Online version from Harvard University
  • AVH: Australia's Virtual Herbarium
  • ABRS: Australian Biological Resources Study Flora of Australia online
  • SIBIS: South African National Biodiversity Institute's (SANBI) Integrated Biodiversity System
  • Mansfeld: Mansfeld's World Databas of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops
  • ePIC: Electronic Plant Information Centre of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • AGRICOLA: Article Citation Database or NAL Catalog of USDA's National Agricultural Library
  • Entrez: NCBI's search engine for PubMed citations, GenBank sequences, etc.