Asparagus adscendens

Images by Balkar Singh (Identified by Amit Chauhan) (Inserted by J.M.Garg)


Flora of Chakrata: Asparagus sp from Chakrata Mussorie Road: Asparagus sp from Chakrata Mussorie Road
I think Asparagus gracilis
Pls validate
Seems like Asparagus racemosus.
as per flora simlensis A racemosus is climbing shrub with flowers in 1-4 Inch long racemes. whereas in A gracilis Stem slender ererct and flowers in clusters of 3-4 or solitary
Looks like Asparagus adscendens
Asparagus adscendens Roxb SN 16March 05 : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (1)
Erect shrub found wild on the river bank near Kangra air port Dharamshala Himachal
Asparagus adscendens, locally known as Sanspayee in that area. It is considered sacred. It is also a source of Phytoestrogen.

Asparagus adscendens ATJULY2018/02 : 12 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (3)
Asparagus adscendens
Local name: Sanspai
Sacred plant in lower areas of H.P. and worshiped during marriages.
Clicked at Solan (H.P.)
what a spectacular show this plant puts out and essential ingredient of the original Kansar in Gujarat.
ritually made and fed to the newly married couple right in the lagna mandap in the olden days
(nowadays its spiraled down into mixture of rice powder sugar and ghee)
Thank you for the interesting account, Di
This species is endemic to NW Himalaya from lower ranges of H.P., Punjab and J&K to Afghanistan. It does not occur in Gujarat. Species
occurring in Gujarat may be Asparagus racemosus.
Differences between two are listed below:
A. racemosus: Cladodes spreading, 2-6 in each tuft, prickles recurved.
A. adscendens: Cladodes erect, 6-20 in each tuft, prickles straight.

Sacred Value: Worshiped during marriages by maternal uncle (Mama).
Scientific Co-relation: Its tuberous roots contain phytoestrogen, a phytochemical that is similar to female sex hormone 'Estrogen'.
Used by traditional healers to enhance fertility in cattle.
Photographed in Mandi (H.P.)

Nov., 2012
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that story was told to us by a professor who used to teach Ayurvedic Pharmacology. he knew the history of many traditions in Gujarat. he called it : safed musli
used in Kansar in marriage rituals
To me also appears to be Asparagus adscendens Roxb. as per comparative images at Asparagus

..., there is no doubt in ID.