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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Asparagaceae
Subfamily: Agavoideae
Genus: Anemarrhena
A. asphodeloides
Binomial name
Anemarrhena asphodeloides

Terauchia anemarrhenifolia Nakai

Anemarrhena is a plant genus in family Asparagaceae, subfamily Agavoideae. It has only one species, Anemarrhena asphodeloides, native to China and Mongolia.[1][2] Some authors have placed it in its own family, Anemarrhenaceae.[3]


The plant is native to China and Mongolia, occurring in the western half of China, from Yunnan to Northeast China. It is introduced into Taiwan and Korea.[1]

Traditional medicine[edit]

The plant name in China is zhi mu (知母, zhī mǔ)[4] and its rhizome is used in traditional Chinese medicine.[5]


  1. ^ a b Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families
  2. ^ Flora of China, Vol. 24 Page 208, 知母 zhi mu, Anemarrhena asphodeloides Bunge, Mém. Acad. Imp. Sci. St.-Pétersbourg Divers Savans. 2: 140. 1833.
  3. ^ Stevens, P.F., Angiosperm Phylogeny Website: Asparagales: Agavoideae
  4. ^ Banu, Jameela, Erika Varela, and Gabriel Fernandes. "Alternative Therapies For The Prevention And Treatment Of Osteoporosis." Nutrition Reviews 70.1 (2012): 22-40. Academic Search Premier. Web. 12 Nov. 2014.
  5. ^ Ya, Wang, Feng Fang, and Wang Zhe. "Determination Of Selected Elements In Aqueous Extractions Of A Traditional Chinese Medicine Formula By ICP-MS And FAAS: Evaluation Of Formula Rationality." Analytical Letters 43.6 (2010): 983-992. Academic Search Premier. Web. 12 Nov. 2014.

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