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Asparagus filicinus  Buch.-Ham. ex D. Don


Botanical Name


Asparagus filicinus Buch.-Ham. ex D. Don

English Name


Fern asparagus



Asparagus filicinus Buch.-Ham. ex D.Don var. giraldii C. H. Wright, Asparagus filicinus Buch.-Ham. ex D.Don var. megaphyllus F. T. Wang & T. Tang, Asparagus qinghaiensis Y. Wan.





General Info


Herbs dioecious. Stems erect, unarmed; much branched, 50- 70 cm, subsmooth; branches generally striate-ridged, ridges sometimes slightly cartilaginous denticulate. Rootstock a short rhizome with a cluster of fusiform roots; roots swollen at base. Cladodes in fascicles of 5--8, linear, falcate, 3--15 × 0.8--2 mm, flat, midvein distinct. Leaf spur short, not spinescent. Inflorescences developing with cladodes or very soon afterward. Flowers of both sexes solitary or paired; pedicel 1-2 cm, articulate near middle. Male flowers: perianth pale green or sometimes tinged with pale purple, campanulate, ca. 2.5 mm; filaments free; anthers ovate, ca. 8 mm. Berry deep green, 5-6 mm in diam., 2- or 3- seeded.

Herb Effects

Anti-pyretic, bechic, diuretic, expectorant, nervine, stimulant and tonic (root); antitussive and stomachic (dried root).


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Medicinal Use

Used for treating constipation, cough, hemoptysis, dry throat, and pertussis (root).



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