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Perennial herb. Inflorescence: pedicels slender, jointed near middle. Flower: stamens ± >= perianth, exserted; style 1, short, slender, stigmas 3.
± 300 species: especially northern temperate. (Greek: ancient name) Asparagus densiflorus (Kunth) Jessop misappl. to A. aethiopicus L., a waif.

Key to Asparagus

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. Flowers 5–9(15); fruit red ..... [A. aethiopicus]

3' Flowers 1–4; fruit purple-black ..... A. setaceus


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