Asphodelus microcarpus. Taxonomy. Family. Liliaceae. Genus. Asphodelus. Species. microcarpus. Distribution. Mediterranean area, Africa, Macaronesia, North. Asphodelus microcarpus is a common Mediterranean plant, which is wildly found in Jordan. Chemical analysis of the rhizome revealed the presence of. Asphodelus microcarpus. Liliaceae. anthraquinones. chrysophanol. aloe-emodin . bichrysophanol. 1,8-dihydroxyanthraquinone. chrysopahnolmono-β-d-.

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Asphodelus is a genus of mainly perennial plants first described for modern science in Asphodels are popular garden plants, which grow in well-drained soils with abundant natural light. Now placed in the mictocarpus Asphodelaceae[3] the genus was formerly included in the lily family Liliaceae.

The plants are hardy herbaceous perennials with narrow tufted radical leaves and an elongated stem bearing a handsome spike of white or yellow flowers. Asphodelus albus and A. The leaves are used to wrap burrataan Italian cheese. The leaves and the cheese last about asphodelux same time, three or four days, and thus fresh leaves are a sign of a fresh cheese, while dried out leaves indicate that the cheese is past its prime. In Greek legend the asphodel is one of the most famous of microcar;us plants connected with the dead and the underworld.

Asphodelus microcarpus

It was planted on gravesand is often micdocarpus with Persephonewho appears crowned with a garland of asphodels. Its general connection with death is due no doubt to the greyish colour of its leaves and its yellowish flowers, which suggest the gloom of the underworld and the pallor of death.


The roots were eaten by the poorer Greeks; hence such assphodelus was thought good enough for the shades. The asphodel was also supposed to be a remedy for poisonous snake -bites and a specific against sorcery ; it was fatal to mice, but preserved pigs from disease.

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The Libyan nomads made their huts of asphodel stalks. The asphodel is mentioned by several poets in connection with the mythology of death, and by association, the afterlife – specifically the Isles of the Blessed and Elysium – part of the ancient Greek concept of the afterlife.

The powdered root of asphodel is mentioned as an ingredient in a sleeping potion in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J. In Vladimir Nabokov ‘s novel, The Real Life of Sebastian Knightthe protagonist’s last novel bears the title The Doubtful Asphodelobviously alluding to the plant’s association with death.

In Matthew Ward’s translation of Albert Camus ‘ The Stranger the plateau next to the beach where Mersault will shoot an Arab is “covered with yellowish rocks and the whitest asphodels set against the already hard blue of the sky”.


The word is a loanword from Greek. There are 16 species in the genus. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Asphodelus White asphodel Asphodelus albus Scientific classification Kingdom: Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society.

Hortus Third i—xiv, 1— Britain’s new Big cheese”. Retrieved 7 September The heartbreaking truth behind Snape’s first words to Harry in Harry Miccrocarpus. The Picture of Dorian Gray.

Russian Literature and the West. Stanford Slavic Studies, Vintage Books; New York, Pollen morphology of Asphodelus L. Grana35 1 Retrieved from ” https: Asphodelaceae genera Asphodeloideae Garden plants. Articles with ‘species’ microformats Articles microcarpuss Greek-language text Wikipedia articles incorporating a citation from the Encyclopaedia Britannica with Wikisource reference Taxonbars with 20—24 taxon IDs.

Asphodelus microcarpus Salzm. & Viv. — The Plant List

Views Read Edit View history. In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikispecies. This page was last edited on 20 Novemberat By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. White asphodel Asphodelus albus.