Asparagus falcatus L.
var. falcatus

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Asparagus falcatus var. falcatus

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Forest near Genaina Lodge, Vumba

Asparagus falcatus var. falcatus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Chinyamakunga, Vumba

Asparagus falcatus var. falcatus

Photo: Bart Wursten

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Synonyms: Protasparagus falcatus (L.) Oberm.
Common names: Large forest asparagus (English)
Frequency: Local
Status: Native
Robust climber. The leaf-like cladodes are shiny dark green with a prominent vein, up to 8 cm, often slightly sickle-shaped. The woody stems are light grey with short, hooked hard thorns. The small white flowers are borne in elongated inflorescences. Fruit a red berry.
Derivation of specific name: falcatus: falcate or sickle-shaped, referring to the leaf shape
Habitat: In evergreen forest on forest margins and in dense scrub.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:Sep - Dec
Worldwide distribution:
Zimbabwe distribution: E,S
Growth form(s): Climber, liane, shrub over 2 m.
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Saturday 23 September 2006

Biegel, H.M. (1977). Check-list of ornamental plants used in Rhodesian parks and gardens. Rhodesia Agricultural Journal. Research Report No. 3. Page 25.

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

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 120.

Demissew, S. (2008). Asparagaceae Flora Zambesiaca 13(1) Pages 25 - 27. As Asparagus falcatus

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 232.

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.

Siebert, S. & Mössmer, M. (Editors) (2002). SABONET Southern Mozambique Expedition 2001; Provisional Plant Checklist of the Maputo Elephant Reserve (MER) and Licuati Forest Reserve (LFR) SABONET News 7(1) Page 24.

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Flora of Mozambique: Asparagus falcatus var. falcatus
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Asparagus falcatus var. falcatus

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Asparagus falcatus
African Plant Database: Asparagus falcatus
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Asparagus falcatus
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Asparagus falcatus
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Asparagus falcatus
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Asparagus falcatus
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Asparagus falcatus
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Asparagus falcatus
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JSTOR Plant Science: Asparagus falcatus
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Asparagus falcatus
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Asparagus falcatus
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Asparagus falcatus
Plants of the World Online: Asparagus falcatus
Tropicos: Asparagus falcatus
Wikipedia: Asparagus falcatus

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-22

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2022). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Asparagus falcatus var. falcatus., retrieved 1 October 2022

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