Title: Asarum
Additional Names: Wild ginger; Canada snakeroot
Literature References: Rhizomatous perennial herb, Asarum canadense L., Aristolochiaceae. Medicinal parts include the rhizomes and roots; used in Native American medicine for gastrointestinal discomfort, respiratory ailments and fever. Habit. North America, esp. Eastern U.S. and Canada. Constit. Flavonoids incl. kaempferol and quercetin glycosides; chalcononaringenin glycosides; volatile oil; aristolochic acid. Identification of flavonal and chalcone glycosides: T. Iwashina, J. Kitajima, Phytochemistry 55, 971 (2000). Determn of aristolochic acids and safety of extracts: B. T. Schaneberg et al., Pharmazie 57, 10 (2002).
Derivative Type: Volatile oil
CAS Registry Number: 8016-69-1
Literature References: Constit. Terpene (pinene), methyleugenol, borneol, linalool, geraniol.
Properties: Yellowish-brown liq; aromatic odor and taste. d1515 0.93-0.96. aD20 -1.4 to -3.5°. Practically insol in water. Sol in 2 vols 70% alc. Keep well closed, cool and protected from light.
Optical Rotation: aD20 -1.4 to -3.5°
Density: d1515 0.93-0.96
Use: In perfumes; flavoring in foods.
Ascaridole Asclepias Ascorbic Acid Ascorbigen Asiaticoside

Asarum caudatum (western wild ginger)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Magnoliids
Order: Piperales
Family: Aristolochiaceae
Genus: Asarum
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Asarum is a genus of plants in the birthwort family Aristolochiaceae, commonly known as wild ginger.

Asarum is the genitive plural of the Latin āsa (an alternate form of āra) meaning altar or sanctuary.