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Asparagus aethiopicus

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Family: AsparagaceaeView Description 

Common Name: ASPARAGUS FAMILY
Habit: 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.
Genera In Family: 3+ genera depending on interpretation, 320 species: especially northern temperate.
eFlora Treatment Author: Dale W. McNeal
Scientific Editor: Thomas J. Rosatti.
Genus: AsparagusView DescriptionDichotomous Key

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

Asparagus aethiopicus L.
WAIF
Habit: Sprawling; roots fibrous, tuberous. Stem: <= 2 m, wiry, branchlets < 1 mm wide. Leaf: membranous, not or +- spurred. Inflorescence: axillary racemes; flowers 5--9(15). Flower: bisexual; perianth 3--4 mm, rotate to bell-shaped. Fruit: 5--8 mm, red. Chromosomes: n=10,20.
Ecology: Disturbed places, abandoned gardens; Elevation: < 100 m. Bioregional Distribution: SCo; Distribution Outside California: Florida; native to southern Africa. Flowering Time: Aug--Oct Note: Escaped plants generally cv. 'Sprengeri'.
Synonyms: Asparagus densiflorus (Kunth) Jessop, misappl.
eFlora Treatment Author: Dale W. McNeal
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Citation for this treatment: Dale W. McNeal 2016. Asparagus aethiopicus, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/get_IJM.pl?tid=88887, accessed on May 29, 2016.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2016. Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/IJM.html, accessed on May 29, 2016.


Geographic subdivisions for Asparagus aethiopicus:
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Markers link to CCH specimen records. Yellow markers indicate records that may provide evidence for eFlora range revision or may have georeferencing or identification issues. Purple markers indicate specimens collected from a garden, greenhouse, or other non-wild location.
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(Note: any qualifiers in the taxon distribution description, such as 'northern', 'southern', 'adjacent' etc., are not reflected in the map above, and in some cases indication of a taxon in a subdivision is based on a single collection or author-verified occurence).

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