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)
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
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:
Red data list status:
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Images last updated: Friday 11 November 2005
Literature:

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

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


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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 setaceus.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=164460, retrieved 29 May 2016

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