Asparagus setaceus (Kunth) Jessop

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Asparagus setaceus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nyanga rd at Wattle Co. estate

Asparagus setaceus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nyanga rd at Wattle Co. estate

Asparagus setaceus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Road from Mt Selinda to Espungabera border post

Asparagus setaceus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Hadange Gorge, Chimanimani National Park

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Synonyms: Asparagus plumosus Baker
Protasparagus plumosus (Baker) Oberm.
Protasparagus setaceus (Kunth) Oberm.
Common names: Asparagus fern (English) Ruringare (Shona)
Status: Native
Evergreen perennial erect or climbing herb up to 2 m. Stems unarmed except for a few basal spines. Branches spreading with short branchlets densely covered with clusters of numerous short, needle-like cladodes.
Notes: A very distinct and recognisable form has less dense cladode-clusters and the branches, branchlets and cladodes typically flattened into one plane. It has formerly been recognized as a separate species, A. plumosus. This form is often found in the wild and and also well-known as an ornamental plant.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In thickets or forest.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 2400 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution:
Zimbabwe distribution: N,C,E,S
Growth form(s): Climber.
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Friday 11 November 2005

Biegel, H.M. (1977). Check-list of ornamental plants used in Rhodesian parks and gardens. Rhodesia Agricultural Journal. Research Report No. 3. Page 26.

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. also as Asparagus plumosus

Demissew, S. (2008). Asparagaceae Flora Zambesiaca 13(1) Pages 13 - 16. (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 setaceus

White, F., Dowsett-Lemaire, F. & Chapman, J.D. (2001). Evergreen forest flora of Malawi Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Pages 94 - 95. (Includes a picture).


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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: Species information: Asparagus setaceus., retrieved 21 February 2017

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