Asparagus virgatus Baker

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Asparagus virgatus

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Cecil Kop NR, Mutare

Asparagus virgatus

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Jill Whiley's Nature Sanctuary, Vumba

Asparagus virgatus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Jill Whiley's Nature Sanctuary, Vumba

Asparagus virgatus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Jill Whiley's Nature Sanctuary, Vumba

Asparagus virgatus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Path from carpark to Inyangombe Falls

Asparagus virgatus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Path from carpark to Inyangombe Falls

Asparagus virgatus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Path from carpark to Inyangombe Falls

Asparagus virgatus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Path from carpark to Inyangombe Falls

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Synonyms: Asparagus virgatus Baker var. capillaris Baker
Protasparagus virgatus (Baker) Oberm.
Common names: Broom asparagus (English)
Frequency: Frequent
Status: Native
Description:
Stiff, erect herbaceous subshrub up to 1 m. The thin straight stems are unarmed, the fern-like spreading branches curve upwards. The thread-like cladodes are few, normally maturing after flowering. Flowers solitary, pendulous along the branches; fruit a red berry.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: virgatus: twiggy
Habitat: Near streams and rivers, edges of grassland, roadsides and secondary forest.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 2250 m
Flowering time:Sep - Jan
Worldwide distribution: Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Angola, Namibia, Swaziland and South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: C,E,S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Wednesday 22 July 2015
Literature:

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 290.

Demissew, S. (2008). Asparagaceae Flora Zambesiaca 13(1) Pages 4 - 5.

Fabian, A. & Germishuizen, G. (1997). Wild Flowers of Northern South Africa. Fernwood Press, Vlaeburg. Pages 58 - 59. (Includes a picture).

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 86.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 107.

Pooley, E. (1998). A Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Region. Natal Flora Publications Trust. Durban. Pages 104 - 105. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 115.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 49. as Protasparagus virgatus


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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 virgatus.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=114860, retrieved 1 July 2016

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