Asparagus africanus Lam.
var. africanus

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Asparagus africanus var. africanus

Photo: Sune Holt
Vilankulo, Inhambane, Mozambique

Asparagus africanus var. africanus

Photo: Sune Holt
Vilankulo, Inhambane, Mozambique

Asparagus africanus var. africanus

Photo: Sune Holt
Vilankulo, Inhambane, Mozambique

Asparagus africanus var. africanus

Photo: Sune Holt
Vilankulo, Inhambane, Mozambique

Asparagus africanus var. africanus

Photo: Sune Holt
Vilankulo, Inhambane, Mozambique

Asparagus africanus var. africanus

Photo: Sune Holt
Vilankulo, Inhambane, Mozambique

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Synonyms: Protasparagus africanus (Lam.) Oberm.
Common names: Bush asparagus (English)
Frequency: Common
Status: Native
Description:
Slender scrambling shrub or climber. Stems with spreading branches, closely set with cladodes (leaf-like modified branchlets) in clusters of up to 12, unequal in length, up to 10 mm. Flowers whitish with yellow anthers, up to 6 inside the cladode clusters; fruits orange, turning blackish when old.
Notes: Based on the specimens in SRGH under this name, this is a very variable species indeed. Pending an up to date revision for Zimbabwe, we have followed the same broad concept on this site.
Derivation of specific name: africanus: African
Habitat: In woodland on Kalahari sands and riverine fringes.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:Apr - Nov
Worldwide distribution:
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species:
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Images last updated: Friday 11 November 2005
Literature:

Chapano, C., Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 5. Possibly as Asparagus cooperi?

Demissew, S. (2008). Asparagaceae Flora Zambesiaca 13(1) Pages 15 - 17. (Includes a picture).

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 346. (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 85.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 114.

Timberlake, J.R. & Childes, S.L. (2004). Biodiversity of the Four Corners Area: Technical Reviews Volume Two (Chapter 5-15) Appendix 5-1: Plant Checklist Occasional Publications in Biodiversity 15 Page 180. as Asparagus cooperi


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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Asparagus africanus
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Asparagus africanus
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Asparagus africanus
The Plant List (version 1.1): Asparagus africanus
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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-17

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2017). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Asparagus africanus var. africanus.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=114740, retrieved 23 September 2017

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