1113.000 Asparagus L.

MYRSIPHYLLUM Willd.

PROTASPARAGUS Oberm.

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

Malawi: 15 taxa.

Asparagus laricinus

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
africanus Lam. var. africanus C,SDescription, Image
africanus Lam. var. puberulus (Baker) Sebsebe N,C,S
asparagoides (L.) DruceN,SDescription, Image
buchananii BakerN,S
krebsianus (Kunth) JessopC,S
laricinus Burch.NDescription, Image
migeodii SebsebeS
pendulus (Oberm.) Fellingham & N.L. Mey.S
psilurus BakerN
racemosus Willd.
saundersiae BakerN,S
schroederi Engl.N,C,S
setaceus (Kunth) JessopN,C,SDescription, Image
suaveolens Burch.N
virgatus BakerN,SDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Asparagus:

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Flora of Botswana: Asparagus
Flora of Caprivi: Asparagus
Flora of Caprivi: cultivated 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
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
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 Malawi: Genus page: Asparagus.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=359, retrieved 17 April 2024

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