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Chlorophytum tuberosum (musli)

The dried roots of Chlorophytum tuberosum are used as a popular tonic and aphrodisiac in Ayurvedic medicine.
Musli flower

Chlorophytum tuberosum flower in Maharastra, India. (Photo: Dinesh Valke under CC by 2.0)

Species information

Scientific name: 

Chlorophytum tuberosum (Roxb.) Bak.

Common name: 

musli, safed musli, albasar kwadi, eng’aing’ung’wai

Conservation status: 

Least Concern (LC) according to IUCN Red List criteria.


Forest, woodland or grassland.

Key Uses: 

Medicinal, ornamental, food.

Known hazards: 

None known.


Genus: Chlorophytum

About this species

Chlorophytum tuberosum is one of several species of Chlorophytum used in Ayurvedic medicine, the traditional Hindu system of medicine. Safed musli, as it is known in Hindi, is a herb commonly found in forest patches in India, and is used in a tonic intended to give strength and vigour. The spider plant (C. comosum), of which the variegated form is a popular houseplant, is a member of the same genus and is native to Africa, where the genus Chlorophytum is most diverse.


Anthericum tuberosum, Phalangium tuberosum, Liliago tuberosa


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