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Family: Liliaceae
Genus: Asparagus
Botanical name: Asparagus recemosus Wild.
PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
Sanskrit: Shatavari, Abhiru, Sahasravirya
English: Wild asparagus
Hindi: Satavar, Satamuli, sahtakul
Malayalam: Shatavari
MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Satawari is a woody climber growing to 1-2 m in height, with leaves like pine needles, small and uniform and the flowers white, in small spikes. It contains adventitious root system with tuberous roots. Stems are climbing, branched, up to 2 m; branches usually distinctly striate-ridged. Leaves are just modified stems, called cladodes. Branches contain spines on them. Inflorescences develope after cladodes, axillary, each a many-flowered raceme or panicle 1-4 cm. Pedicel 1.5-3 mm, slender, articulate at middle. Flowers are white with a pink tinge, 2-3 mm, bell-shaped with 6 petals. Stamens equal, ca. 0.7 mm; anthers yellow, minute. Within India, it is found growing wild in tropical and sub-tropical parts of India including the Andamans; and ascending in the Himalayas up to an altitude of 1500 m.
Shatavari comes under Jeevana panchamoolagaqnathil. The juice extracted from the roots of this plant is used for the preparation of pills. The paste of the root is applied on to the area of Viper bite.
Shatavari
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