Chlorophytum borivilianum

Chlorophytum borivilianum is a herb with lanceolate leaves, from tropical wet forests in peninsular India. The Hindi name is safed musli (also commonly known as musli).[1]

Chlorophytum borivilianum
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Asparagaceae
Subfamily: Agavoideae
Genus: Chlorophytum
C. borivilianum
Binomial name
Chlorophytum borivilianum
Santapau & R.R.Fern.

It is cultivated and eaten as a leaf vegetable in some parts of India, and its roots are used as a health tonic under the name safed musli.[2] In traditional Indian medicine it is used as rasayan or adaptogen.[3] It is considered a white gold in Indian systems of medicine. This herb belongs to the vajikaran rasayana group in Ayurveda.[4]


  1. ^ "safed musli". Retrieved 5 March 2019.
  2. ^ Oudhia, Pankaj. "Problems perceived by safed moosli (Chlorophytum borivilianum) growers of Chhattisgarh (India) region: a study." Proceedings of the national seminar on the frontiers of research and development in medicinal plants.. Vol. 22. No. 4a. 2000.
  3. ^ F. Thakur M., Bhargava S., Dixit V.K. "Immunomodulatory activity of Chlorophytum borivilianum Sant." Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine. 4 (4) (pp 419-423), 2007
  4. ^ Zakia Khanam 1, Ompal Singh, Rampal Singh, Irshad Ul Haq Bhat. Safed musli (Chlorophytum borivilianum): a review of its botany, ethnopharmacology and phytochemistry, 2013

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