1113.000 Asparagus L.

MYRSIPHYLLUM Willd.

PROTASPARAGUS Oberm.

Fayaz, F. (2011) Encyclopedia of Tropical Plants Firefly Books, New Zealand

Description of the genus

Perennial herbs or sub-shrubs, usually with short rhizomes, erect or climbing, generally branched with green, flat cladodes in axils. Leaves adpressed to stem, not green, scale-like; base spurred, often extending to spines. Inflorescence an axillary cluster, sometimes racemes or umbels, rarely solitary; bracteoles membranous. Perianth campanulate or sub-globose; segments free, occasionally connate at base. Fruit berries. Seeds 1-few.

Comment: Asparagus aethiopicus L. and A. densiflorus (Kunth) Jessop are two additional species listed for Zimbabwe in SABONET Report 33 (Mapaura & Timberlake, 2004: 85-86). This is likely based on misidentified specimens at SRGH since both species are not considered to occur in Zimbabwe by Demissew in Flora Zambesiaca 13(1), 2008.

Worldwide: 130-140 species, in the Old World excluding Australasia

Zimbabwe: 4 cultivated taxa.

No image of a cultivated species but there is an image of a native or naturalised species

Links to cultivated taxa    View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this genus

SpeciesContent
asparagoides (L.) WightDescription, Image
falcatus L. var. falcatus Description, Image
officinalis L.
setaceus (Kunth) JessopDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Asparagus:

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Flora of Botswana: Asparagus
Flora of Caprivi: Asparagus
Flora of Malawi: Asparagus
Flora of Mozambique: Asparagus
Flora of Zambia: Asparagus
Flora of Zimbabwe: Asparagus

External websites:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Asparagus
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Asparagus
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Asparagus
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Asparagus
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Asparagus
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Asparagus

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-17

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2017). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated plants: genus page: Asparagus.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/genus.php?genus_id=359, retrieved 24 June 2017

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