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

Botswana: 18 taxa.

Asparagus africanus var. africanus

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
africanus Lam. var. africanus N,SWDescription, Image
africanus Lam. var. puberulus (Baker) Sebsebe N,SW
aspergillus Jessop
botswanicus Sebsebe[End]N
buchananii BakerN
exuvialis Burch.
flavicaulis (Oberm.) Fellingham & N.L. Mey. subsp. flavicaulis N,SW
laricinus Burch.NDescription, Image
longicladus N.E. Br.
nelsii SchinzN,SW
nodulosus (Oberm.) Fellingham & N.L. Mey.
pendulus (Oberm.) Fellingham & N.L. Mey.
psilurus BakerSE
racemosus Willd.
schroederi Engl.N,SE
setaceus (Kunth) JessopDescription, Image
suaveolens Burch.SW,SE
virgatus BakerDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Asparagus:

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Flora of Caprivi: Asparagus
Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Asparagus
Flora of Malawi: Asparagus
Flora of Mozambique: Asparagus
Flora of Zambia: Asparagus
Flora of Zimbabwe: 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
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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, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Botswana: Genus page: Asparagus.
https://www.botswanaflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=359, retrieved 25 June 2024

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