Family - Liliaceae / Asparagaceae - Asparagus plumosus Baker. - ORNAMENTAL SPARAGUS - Wen zhu
|Asparagus comorensis Hort.|
|Asparagus setaceus (Kunth) Jessop|
|Asparagus plumosus Baker|
|Asparagopsis setacea Kunth|
Other vernacular names
|FRENCH: Asparagus des fleuristes.|
|SPANISH: Esparrago plumosa, Esparraguera de las floristas.|
|THAI: Prong fa.|
|Asparagus fern (Engl.)|
|Climbing asparagus fern (Engl.)|
|Climbing feather fern (Engl.)|
|Esparrago plumosa (Span.)|
|Common asparagus fern (Engl.)|
|Feather fern (Engl.)|
|Ornamental asparagus (Engl.)|
|Wen zhu (Chin.)|
Additional Sources and Suggested Readings
(1) New Furostanol Glycosides from Asparagus plumosus Leaves / O. P. Sati, G. Pant / J. Nat. Prod., 1985, 48 (3), pp 390ï¿½394 / DOI: 10.1021/np50039a006
(2) Traditional Fever remedies: a list of Zambian plants / D G Fowler
(3) Sapogenins at Different Ploidy Levels of Asparagus / D K Kar and Sumitra Sen / Current Science, Feb 20, 1986, Vol 55, No 4
(4) Indigenous knowledge and folk use of medicinal plants by the tribal communities of Hazar Nao Forest, Malakand District, North Pakistan / Waheed Murad*, Ashfaq Ahmad, Syed Abdullah Gilani and Mir Ajab Khan / Journal of Medicinal Plants Research Vol. 5(7), pp. 1072-1086, 4 April, 2011
Genus Asparagus of the Liliaceae family is of medical importance because of its steroidal sapogenins used as precursors for many pharmacologically active steroids.
Asparagus fern is a slender, climbiing or ascending, branched perennial, with round, green and wiry stems, with very numerous slender branches and branchlets that spread horizontally, forming triangular fernlike sprays, with the upper internodes 1 to 2 millimeters long. Leaves (cladodes) are setaceous, very slender, 3 to 5 millimeters long, ascending or spreading, 6 to 12 in a fascicle. Flowers are small, perfect, solitary at the ends of the branches, with very short pedicels, about 1 millimeter long. Perianth-segments are about 2 millimeters long and spreading. Fruit is a purple and black ovoid berry.
– Study isolated furostanol glycosides from Asparagus plumosus leaves.
-Traditionally, antimalarial, diuretic.
– Not known in the Philippines for its medicinal application.
– In Mexico a decoction of the branches are used for pulmonary infections; decoction of roots used as a diuretic.
– In Tanzania, the Lobedu drink a cold infusion of leaves and stem for malaria.
– In Pakistan, root tubers used with boiled milk and sugar for dysentery and diarrhea.
– Ornamental: The cuts sprays of the asparagus fern are ornamental favorites among florists for its beauty and lasting quality.
– Phytochemicals / Glycosides: A methanolic extract study of leaves of A plumosus yielded two new furostanol glycosides Study yielded three spirostanol glycosides from the leaves.
Cultivated for ornmental use.
Seeds in the cybermarket.