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.

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

Zambia: 17 taxa.

Asparagus africanus var. africanus

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SpeciesFZ divisionsProvincesContent
africanus Lam. var. africanus B,N,WCb,N,WDescription, Image
africanus Lam. var. puberulus (Baker) Sebsebe B,N,W,C,E,SNw,N,E,S,W
asparagoides (L.) WightMcDescription, Image
aspergillus JessopBW
buchananii BakerB,N,W,C,SCb,N,Lk,S,W
flagellaris (Kunth) BakerN,W,C,E,SCb,N,E,Lk
laricinus Burch.W,ENw,McDescription, Image
longicladus N.E. Br.
migeodii SebsebeN,WCb,N
nelsii SchinzB,N,C,SN,Lk,S,W
pendulus (Oberm.) Fellingham & N.L. Mey.B,E,SE,S,W
psilurus BakerW,CNw,Lk
richardsiae Sebsebe N,CN,Lk
rogersii R.E.Fr. B,N,CNw,N,C,Lk
schroederi Engl.N,C,E,SN,E,Lk,S
setaceus (Kunth) JessopN,ELp,McDescription, Image
virgatus BakerEMcDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Asparagus:

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

External websites:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Asparagus
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Asparagus
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Asparagus
Wikipedia: Asparagus
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Asparagus
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Asparagus

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-23

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2023). Flora of Zambia: Genus page: Asparagus.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=359, retrieved 9 February 2023

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