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A dioecious perennial monocot (Asparagus officinalis) of Mediterranean origin belonging to the plant order Asparagales. Asparagus is grown for its young shoots or spears, which are canned, frozen, or cooked fresh as a vegetable. These aerial stems arise from rhizomes (underground stems). The rhizomes and the fleshy and fibrous roots constitute the massive underground part of the plant. See also: Asparagales
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