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Inflorescence: pedicels slender, jointed near middle.
Flower: stamens ± >= perianth, exserted; style 1, short, slender, stigmas 3.
± 300 species: especially n temperate. (Greek: ancient name) Asparagus densiflorus (Kunth) Jessop misappl. to A. aethiopicus L., a waif.
1. Lf-like branchlets 6–20 mm wide ..... A. asparagoides
1' Lf-like branchlets < 1 mm wide [<= 3 mm wide in A. aethiopicus]
2. Plant erect; flowers unisexual and bisexual ..... A. officinalis subsp. officinalis
2' Plant climbing or sprawling; flowers bisexual
3. Fls 5–9(15); fruit red ..... [A. aethiopicus]
3' Fls 1–4; fruit purple-black ..... A. setaceus
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