1113.000 Asparagus L.



Fayaz, F. (2011) Encyclopedia of Tropical Plants Firefly Books, New Zealand

Description of the genus

Perennial herbs or sub-shrubs, usually with short rhizomes, erect or climbing, generally branched with green, flat cladodes in axils. Leaves appressed to stem, not green, scale-like; base spurred, often extending to spines. Inflorescence an axillary cluster, sometimes racemes or umbels, rarely solitary; bracteoles membranous. Perianth campanulate or sub-globose; segments free, occasionally connate at base. Fruit berries. Seeds 1-few.

Comment: Asparagus aethiopicus L. and A. densiflorus (Kunth) Jessop are two additional species listed for Zimbabwe in SABONET Report 33 (Mapaura & Timberlake, 2004: 85-86). This is likely based on misidentified specimens at SRGH since both species are not considered to occur in Zimbabwe by Demissew in Flora Zambesiaca 13(1), 2008.

Worldwide: 130-140 species, in the Old World excluding Australasia

Zimbabwe: 21 taxa.

Asparagus laricinus

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
africanus Lam. var. africanus N,W,C,E,SDescription, Image
africanus Lam. var. puberulus (Baker) Sebsebe N,C,E,S
asparagoides (L.) DruceN,C,E,SDescription, Image
aspergillus JessopN,W,C,S
buchananii BakerW,S
chimanimanensis Sebsebe[NrEnd]EDescription, Image
divaricatus (Oberm.) Fellingham & N.L. Mey.E
edulis (Oberm.) Fellingham & N.L. Mey.W,E
exuvialis Burch.W,S
falcatus L. var. falcatus E,SDescription, Image
flagellaris (Kunth) BakerW
flavicaulis (Oberm.) Fellingham & N.L. Mey. subsp. flavicaulis C
laricinus Burch.N,W,C,E,SDescription, Image
longicladus N.E. Br.W
nodulosus (Oberm.) Fellingham & N.L. Mey.E,S
pendulus (Oberm.) Fellingham & N.L. Mey.N,W
racemosus Willd.C
schroederi Engl.N,W,C,S
setaceus (Kunth) JessopN,C,E,SDescription, Image
suaveolens Burch.W,C,S
virgatus BakerC,E,SDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Asparagus:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Asparagus
Flora of Caprivi: Asparagus
Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Asparagus
Flora of Malawi: Asparagus
Flora of Mozambique: Asparagus
Flora of Zambia: Asparagus
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Asparagus

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Asparagus
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Asparagus
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Asparagus
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Asparagus
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Asparagus
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Asparagus
JSTOR Plant Science: Asparagus
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Asparagus
Plants of the World Online: Asparagus
Tropicos: Asparagus
Wikipedia: Asparagus

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Zimbabwe: Genus page: Asparagus.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=359, retrieved 1 December 2023

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