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It is no natural for the plant to have the roots exposed, but it copes.


Photos from Plantsoftheworldonline.org.

Author: Anna Amelia Obermeyer, 1983
Family:  ASPARAGACEAE
Origin:  Northern Australia, South-East Asia, Africa
Soil:  Rich Mix
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Minimum
Thickness:  4 centimetres
Height:  2 meters
Flower:  White
Propagate:  Seeds/Bulbs
Names:  Shatavari, Hundred Husbands, Shatamuli, Chatavari, Snatamuli, Satavar, Isyonsi
Synonyms:  Asparagus racemosus, Willd. 1799. Asparagus tetragonus, Bresler
This member of the Asparagaceae was given the name Asparagus racemosus by Willd. in 1799 and placed in the Liliaceae family. In 1983, Anna Amelia Obermeyer classified it as Asparagaceae. It is found in Queensland, Western Australia and Northern Territory, south-east Asia and Africa. The roots are used in medicine. It grows in a rich soil with some water and little sun. The small flowers are white. It can be reproduced both by dividing the bulbs and by seed.

The genera name from Greek protos; 'first', and asparagos, 'the asparagus plant'. The species name from Latin racemose; 'flowering on the stem'.


The fruits do turn red.