Asparagus asparagoides (L.) Druce

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Asparagus asparagoides

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mt Rukotso, nr summit, Nyanga

Asparagus asparagoides

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mt Rukotso, nr summit, Nyanga

Asparagus asparagoides

Photo: Bart Wursten
Path from entrance gate to Great Enclosure, Great Zimbabwe

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Synonyms: Myrsiphyllum asparagoides (L.) Willd.
Common names: Cape smilax (English) Ruringare (Shona)
Description: Perennial twining or climbing herb, up to 2 m. Stems twisting, shortly branched. Leaves ovate, shiny, somewhat succulent. Flowers white, tubular at the base with tepal lobes reflexed and stamens excerted. Fruit a small spherical berry, black.
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Flowering time:All year
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Growth form(s): Climber.
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Image 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 25.

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. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 7.

Demissew, S. (2008). Asparagaceae Flora Zambesiaca 13(1) Pages 29 - 30.

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.

White, F. (1962). Forest Flora of Northern Rhodesia Oxford Univ. Press. Page 14.

White, F., Dowsett-Lemaire, F. & Chapman, J.D. (2001). Evergreen forest flora of Malawi Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Pages 93 - 94. (Includes a picture).

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 81.

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Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Asparagus asparagoides
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Flora of Zimbabwe: Asparagus asparagoides

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Asparagus asparagoides
African Plant Database: Asparagus asparagoides
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Asparagus asparagoides
Plants of the World Online: Asparagus asparagoides
Tropicos: Asparagus asparagoides
Wikipedia: Asparagus asparagoides

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated Plants: Species information: Asparagus asparagoides., retrieved 21 May 2024

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