Asparagus asparagoides (L.) Wight

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Asparagus asparagoides

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Upper Nhamassa Valley, Mt. Gorongosa

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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.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In margins of forest and thicket and in rocky areas in grassland.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:All year
Worldwide distribution:
Mozambique distribution: MS (other?)
Growth form(s): Climber.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
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Content last updated: Wednesday 9 March 2011

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).

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., 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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Flora of Malawi: Asparagus asparagoides
Flora of Zambia: Asparagus asparagoides
Flora of Zimbabwe: Asparagus asparagoides
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Asparagus asparagoides

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Asparagus asparagoides
African Plant Database: Asparagus asparagoides
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Asparagus asparagoides
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Asparagus asparagoides
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Asparagus asparagoides
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Asparagus asparagoides
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Asparagus asparagoides
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Asparagus asparagoides
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Asparagus asparagoides
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Asparagus asparagoides
JSTOR Plant Science: Asparagus asparagoides
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Asparagus asparagoides
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Asparagus asparagoides
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Asparagus asparagoides
The Plant List (version 1.1): Asparagus asparagoides
Tropicos: Asparagus asparagoides

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Asparagus asparagoides., retrieved 26 March 2019

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