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Perennial herb [to shrub] or vine; rhizome short, generally with fleshy tubers. Stem: branchlets leaf-like, many, thread-like or flat, functioning as leaves. Leaf: scale-like, papery, with a spiny spur at base or not. Inflorescence: raceme, umbel, or flowers 1. Flower: bisexual or not, ± white to green-yellow; perianth segments 6, in 2 petal-like whorls, free or ± fused; stamens 6, epipetalous, anther attached near middle; ovary superior, chambers 3. Fruit: berry, spheric, often red or blue. Seed: 1–6, black.
3+ genera depending on interpretation, 320 species: especially northern temperate. —Scientific Editor: Thomas J. Rosatti.
Perennial herb. Inflorescence: pedicels slender, jointed near middle. Flower: stamens ± >= perianth, exserted; style 1, short, slender, stigmas 3.Key to Asparagus
± 300 species: especially northern temperate. (Greek: ancient name) Asparagus densiflorus (Kunth) Jessop misappl. to A. aethiopicus L., a waif.
Climbing or sprawling, woody; roots fibrous. Stem: <= 4 m, wiry; branchlets < 1 mm wide. Leaf: spurred, 4–10 mm. Inflorescence: generally terminal umbels; flowers 1–4. Flower: bisexual, nodding. Fruit: 4–5 mm, purple-black.
n=10. Disturbed places (sites of former gardens); < 100 m. South Coast (urban canyons, San Diego); Florida; native to southern Africa. Apr–Sep [Online Interchange]
Unabridged note: Asparagus setaceus used also for naturalized plants in Australia until it was determined that it had been misapplied there for naturalized plants belonging instead to Asparagus plumosus Baker, which might be the correct name for California plants as well.
Previous taxon: Asparagus officinalis subsp. officinalis
Next taxon: Asphodelaceae
Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2013. Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/IJM.html, accessed on Mar 12 2014
Citation for this treatment: [Author of taxon treatment] 2012. Asparagus, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/get_IJM.pl?tid=14484, accessed on Mar 12 2014
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