Asparagus asparagoides (L.) Druce

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Asparagus asparagoides

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Along main road between Lake Kaulime turn-off and Kaperepeza road, Nyika National Park

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Synonyms: Myrsiphyllum asparagoides (L.) Willd.
Common names: Cape smilax (English)
Status: Native
Perennial twining or climbing herb, up to 2 m. Stems twisting, shortly branched. Leaves ovate, shiny, somewhat succulent. Flowers white, tubular at the base with tepal lobes reflexed and stamens excerted. Fruit a small spherical berry, black.
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Habitat: In margins of forest and thicket and in rocky areas in grassland.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:All year
Worldwide distribution:
Malawi distribution: N,S
Growth form(s): Climber.
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Content last updated: Wednesday 19 October 2022

Biegel, H.M. (1977). Check-list of ornamental plants used in Rhodesian parks and gardens. Rhodesia Agricultural Journal. Research Report No. 3. Page 25.

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. (Includes a picture).

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

Demissew, S. (2008). Asparagaceae Flora Zambesiaca 13(1) Pages 29 - 30.

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.

White, F. (1962). Forest Flora of Northern Rhodesia Oxford Univ. Press. Page 14.

White, F., Dowsett-Lemaire, F. & Chapman, J.D. (2001). Evergreen forest flora of Malawi Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Pages 93 - 94. (Includes a picture).

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 81.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Asparagus asparagoides
African Plant Database: Asparagus asparagoides
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Asparagus asparagoides
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Wikipedia: Asparagus asparagoides

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: Species information: Asparagus asparagoides., retrieved 23 April 2024

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