Asparagus laricinus Burch.

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Asparagus laricinus

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Mukuvisi Woodland, office area

Asparagus laricinus

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Road to Bunga Views, Vumba

Asparagus laricinus

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Calderwood Park, Peterhouse School

Asparagus laricinus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Calderwood Park, Peterhouse School

Asparagus laricinus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Calderwood Park, Peterhouse School

Asparagus laricinus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Calderwood Park, Peterhouse School

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Synonyms: Asparagus angolensis Baker
Protasparagus laricinus (Burch.) Oberm.
Common names: Cluster-leaf asparagus (English)
Frequency: Common
Status: Native
Scrambling shrub or climber up to 2.5 m. Stems whitish with short hard spines; cladodes (leaf-like modified branchlets) in clusters of up to 60, 2.5-3.5 cm long; flowers white, on the outside of cladode clusters; fruits red.
Derivation of specific name: laricinus: with leaves like the larch (Larix)
Habitat: In scrub at the edges of forest, woodland or grassland.
Altitude range: (metres) 900 - 2300 m
Flowering time:Dec - Mar
Worldwide distribution:
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
Growth form(s): Shrub over 2 m.
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Monday 12 October 2015

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 angolensis (Includes a picture).

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

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 11 - 12. (Includes a picture).

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

Kirby, G. (2013). Wild Flowers of Southeast Botswana Struik Nature, Cape Town South Africa Page 62. (Includes a picture).

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.

Pickering, H. & Roe, E. (2009). Wild Flowers of the Victoria Falls Area Helen Pickering, London Page 30. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 115.

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, 2002-22

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2022). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Asparagus laricinus., retrieved 18 May 2022

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