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African asparagus fern
Asparagus asparagoides (L.) Druce

Overview

Appearance
Asparagus asparagoides is a herbaceous climbing plant that is native to southern Africa. It has a vine that can reach up to 10 ft. (3 m) in length.
Foliage
It has shiny green leaf-like structures which are flattened stems rather than true leaves. They measure up to 1.6 in. (4 cm) long by 0.8 in. (2 cm) wide.
Flowers
The pendent white flowers appear over winter and spring, from July to September. They can grow up to 0.8-2.4 in. (2-6 cm) long.
Fruit
The seeds are about 0.4 in. (1 cm) long and are spread by birds.
Ecological Threat
Asparagus asparagoides smothers native vegetation with thick foliage and dense mats of roots. It can be found on cliffs, roadsides and ditches.

Selected Images


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African asparagus fern
Asparagus asparagoides
Foliage
Forest and Kim Starr
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African asparagus fern
Asparagus asparagoides
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African asparagus fern
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Plant(s)
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African asparagus fern
Asparagus asparagoides
Foliage
Forest and Kim Starr

Maps


EDDMapS Distribution - This map is incomplete and is based only on current site and county level reports made by experts, herbaria, and literature. For more information, visit www.eddmaps.org

EDDMapS Distribution

State Regulated List - This map identifies those states that list this species on their regulated list. For more information, visit Invasive.org

State Regulated List

Invasive Listing Sources

Taxonomic Rank

Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Magnoliophyta
Class: Liliopsida
Subclass: Liliidae
Order: Liliales
Family: Liliaceae
Genus: Asparagus

Other System Links

Plants: ASAS4
GRIN: 4494
ITIS: 42783

Categories

Category: Vines
Category: Forbs/Herbs