Asparagus africanus Lam.
var. africanus

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Asparagus africanus var. africanus

Photo: Sune Holt
Vilankulo, Inhambane, Mozambique

Asparagus africanus var. africanus

Photo: Sune Holt
Vilankulo, Inhambane, Mozambique

Asparagus africanus var. africanus

Photo: Sune Holt
Vilankulo, Inhambane, Mozambique

Asparagus africanus var. africanus

Photo: Sune Holt
Vilankulo, Inhambane, Mozambique

Asparagus africanus var. africanus

Photo: Sune Holt
Vilankulo, Inhambane, Mozambique

Asparagus africanus var. africanus

Photo: Sune Holt
Vilankulo, Inhambane, Mozambique

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Synonyms: Protasparagus africanus (Lam.) Oberm.
Common names: Bush asparagus (English)
Frequency: Common
Status: Native
Description:
Slender scrambling shrub or climber. Stems with spreading branches, closely set with cladodes (leaf-like modified branchlets) in clusters of up to 12, unequal in length, up to 10 mm. Flowers whitish with yellow anthers, up to 6 inside the cladode clusters; fruits orange, turning blackish when old.
Notes: Based on the specimens in SRGH under this name, this is a very variable species indeed. Pending an up to date revision for Zimbabwe, we have followed the same broad concept on this site.
Derivation of specific name: africanus: African
Habitat: In woodland on Kalahari sands and riverine fringes.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:Apr - Nov
Worldwide distribution:
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species:
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Images last updated: Friday 11 November 2005
Literature:

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 346. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 114.

Timberlake, J.R. & Childes, S.L. (2004). Biodiversity of the Four Corners Area: Technical Reviews Volume Two (Chapter 5-15) Appendix 5-1: Plant Checklist Occasional Publications in Biodiversity 15 Page 180. as Asparagus cooperi


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Flora Zambesiaca web site: Asparagus africanus
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Asparagus africanus
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Asparagus africanus
Ispot Southern Africa : Asparagus africanus
JSTOR Plant Science: Asparagus africanus
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Asparagus africanus
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Asparagus africanus
Tropicos: Asparagus africanus
West African Plants database: Asparagus africanus


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Asparagus africanus var. africanus.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=114740, retrieved 24 May 2016

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