Spermatophyta: Monocotyledonae

Asparagaceae - Asparagus family

Demissew, S. (2008) Asparagaceae FZ 13(1)

Obermeyer, A.A. (1992) Asparagaceae FSA 5(3)

Description of the family

Suffrutices or shrubs, with annual or perennial stems, sometimes scrambling or climbing and often spiny. Rhizome typically covered with persistent erect cataphylls; tubers often present. Leaves much reduced, bract-like with a spiny or soft spur; leaf-like cladodes solitary or fascicled, linear to ovate, persistent or deciduous. Peduncles or pedicels articulated. Flowers solitary, fascicled or racemose, bisexual, hypogynous. Perianth segments in 2 whorls of 3, similar, free or (in asparagoides) fused into a tube below. Stamens 6. Ovary superior, 3-locular, with 2-12 axile ovules per loculus. Fruit usually a spherical or ovoid berry, sometimes a nutlet, the perianth segments often persisting below. Seeds 1-several, spherical, black.

Worldwide: 6 genera and 150 species, Old World (excluding Australia), S America, especially arid zones.

Zimbabwe: 1 genus and 21 taxa.

Asparagus laricinus

More sample images from the Asparagaceae (Click on each image to see a larger version and details of the record)

Asparagus africanus var. africanus

Asparagus africanus var. africanus

Asparagus falcatus var. falcatus

Asparagus falcatus var. falcatus

Asparagus falcatus var. falcatus

Asparagus falcatus var. falcatus

Asparagus virgatus

Asparagus virgatus

Asparagus chimanimanensis

Asparagus chimanimanensis

Links to genera:     View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this family

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Asparagus L.Description, Image

Other sources of information about Asparagaceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Asparagaceae
Flora of Mozambique: Asparagaceae
Flora of Zambia: Asparagaceae

External websites:

GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Asparagaceae
Google: Web - Images - Scholar


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-14

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2014). Flora of Zimbabwe: Family page: Asparagaceae.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=23, retrieved 18 September 2014

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