Danae racemosa

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Danae is a monotypic genus of flowering plants. Danae racemosa is a slow-growing evergreen shrub about 60 cm in diameter and its common names are Alexandrian laurel and poet's laurel.[2] In the APG III classification system, Danae is placed in the family Asparagaceae, subfamily Nolinoideae (formerly the family Ruscaceae).[3]

Danae racemosa
Danae racemosa - J. C. Raulston Arboretum - DSC06157.JPG
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Asparagaceae
Subfamily: Nolinoideae
Genus: Danae
D. racemosa
Binomial name
Danae racemosa

Ruscus racemosus L.

This shade-loving plant is grown primarily for its elegant glossy green foliage. The small greenish flowers are followed by red berries. It has gained the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit[4] (confirmed 2017).[5]

The hydro-methanolic extract as well as two flavonoids isolated from the leaves of this plant have been found to exhibit anti-nociceptive properties in rats.[6]


  1. ^ a b Search for "Danae", World Checklist of Selected Plant Families, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, retrieved 2012-03-25
  2. ^ Erv Evans. "Shrubs: Danae racemosa". North Carolina State University. Archived from the original on 2008-10-08. Retrieved 2009-02-16.
  3. ^ Chase, M. W.; Reveal, J. L. & Fay, M. F. (2009), "A subfamilial classification for the expanded asparagalean families Amaryllidaceae, Asparagaceae and Xanthorrhoeaceae", Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society, 161 (2): 132–136, doi:10.1111/j.1095-8339.2009.00999.x
  4. ^ "RHS Plantfinder - Danae racemosa". Retrieved 6 February 2018.
  5. ^ "AGM Plants - Ornamental" (PDF). Royal Horticultural Society. July 2017. p. 16. Retrieved 24 January 2018.
  6. ^ Maleki-Dizaji, Nasrin; Fathiazad, Fatemeh; Garjani, Alireza (2007-12-01). "Antinociceptive properties of extracts and two flavonoids isolated from leaves of Danae racemosa". Archives of Pharmacal Research. 30 (12): 1536–1542. doi:10.1007/bf02977322. ISSN 0253-6269. PMID 18254240. S2CID 25982976.

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