African asparagus fern
Asparagus asparagoides (L.) Druce


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.
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.
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.
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.

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Taxonomic Rank

Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Magnoliophyta
Class: Liliopsida
Subclass: Liliidae
Order: Liliales
Family: Liliaceae
Genus: Asparagus
Subject: Asparagus asparagoides (L.) Druce


Plants - Vines