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This genus is accepted, and its native range is Europe and Africa to N. Australia.

[FSOM]

M. Thulin et al. Flora of Somalia Vol. 1-4 [updated 2008] https://plants.jstor.org/collection/FLOS

Distribution
More than 210 species in Africa, parts of Europe, Asia and Australia, mainly in areas with arid tropical or Mediterranean climates.
Note
Some recent authors have subdivided Asparagus into three genera, Asparagus, Protasparagus Oberm. and Myrsiphyllum Willd., but Malcomber & Sebsebe Demissew in Kew Bull. 48(1): 63–78 (1993) argue for a single genus with two subgenera, Asparagus and Myrsiphyllum (Willd.) Bak. All Somali representatives fall within subgen. Asparagus that is characterized by having free, spreading filaments.
Vernacular
The species of Asparagus are generally called “argeeg” or “ergeg” in Somali.

[FTEA]

Asparagaceae, Sebsebe Demissew. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 2006

Note
Description as for the family.

[KBu]

Hamdi SMM et al. 2017. Asparagus bojnurdensis (Asparagaceae), a new species from Iran. Kew Bulletin 72:22. DOI 10.1007/S12225-017-9691-8

Note
Table 1. Comparison of Asparagus bojnurdensis with A. verticillatus and A. khorasanensis
Characters A. bojnurdensis A. verticillatus A. khorasanensis
Stem (cm) 80 - 120 70 - 90 30 - 70
Stem diam. (mm) 7-8 3-5 1.5 - 2
Branch type of stem bent bent straight
Leaves type scale or membrane scale or membrane scale or membrane
Colour of plant glaucous green usually glaucous
Cladode number 1-5 5- 12 2-4
Cladode type triangular linear cylindrical
Cladode apex acute acute acute
Longest cladodes (mm) 25 30 50
Cladode equal/unequal unequal unequal unequal
Cladode diam. (mm) 1-2 0.4 - 0.5 1.5 - 2
Spur (crowed leaf) size (mm) 1.7 - 2.2 1.3 - 1.6 2 - 2.5
Cladode straight/curved straight straight straight/curved
Pedicels (mm) 0.3 2 1-2
Number of flowers on base of branch 2 1 1
Calyx (mm) 3 - 3.3 2 - 2.2 7-8
Berry (mm) 7-8 5- 5.5 7-8
Berry stalk (mm) 1 - 1.3 2 - 2.2 1
Seed number 1 2 1-2
Seed size (mm) 5-6 2- 2.5 4.5 - 5
Seed shape spherical spherical spherical
Size of surface of periclinal cell wall of seed (μm) 25 - 30 x 15 - 20 7 - 25 x 5 - 15 32 - 48 (-50) x 25 - 30 (-35)
Shape of surface cells of seed irregular hexagonal irregular penta- and hexagonal irregular penta- and hexagonal
Ornamentation of surface cells of seed papillate rough smooth
Ornamentation of periclinal walls rough papillate smooth
Size of surface of periclinal cell wall of fruit (pm) 22 - 66 x 30 - 40 25 - 65 x 20 - 50 32 - 48 (- 50) x 25 - 30 (-35)

Native to:

Afghanistan, Albania, Aldabra, Algeria, Altay, Amur, Andaman Is., Angola, Assam, Austria, Baleares, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belgium, Benin, Botswana, Bulgaria, Burkina, Burundi, Buryatiya, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canary Is., Cape Provinces, Cape Verde, Caprivi Strip, Central African Repu, Central European Rus, Chad, China North-Central, China South-Central, China Southeast, Chita, Comoros, Congo, Corse, Cyprus, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, Djibouti, East Aegean Is., East European Russia, East Himalaya, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, France, Free State, Gabon, Gambia, Germany, Ghana, Great Britain, Greece, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Gulf States, Hainan, Hungary, India, Inner Mongolia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Irkutsk, Italy, Ivory Coast, Japan, Jawa, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Khabarovsk, Kirgizstan, Korea, Krasnoyarsk, Kriti, Krym, Kuril Is., KwaZulu-Natal, Laos, Lebanon-Syria, Lesotho, Lesser Sunda Is., Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Madeira, Malawi, Malaya, Maldives, Mali, Maluku, Manchuria, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nansei-shoto, Nepal, Netherlands, Niger, Nigeria, North Caucasus, Northern Provinces, Northern Territory, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Primorye, Qinghai, Queensland, Rodrigues, Romania, Rwanda, Réunion, Sakhalin, Sardegna, Saudi Arabia, Selvagens, Senegal, Seychelles, Sicilia, Sierra Leone, Sinai, Socotra, Somalia, South European Russi, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Swaziland, Switzerland, Tadzhikistan, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Tibet, Togo, Transcaucasus, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkey-in-Europe, Turkmenistan, Tuva, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, West Himalaya, West Siberia, Western Australia, Western Sahara, Xinjiang, Yemen, Yugoslavia, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

Introduced into:

Alabama, Alberta, Argentina Northeast, Argentina Northwest, Argentina South, Arizona, Arkansas, Azores, Baltic States, Bermuda, Bolivia, Brazil South, British Columbia, California, Chagos Archipelago, Colorado, Connecticut, Cook Is., Costa Rica, Delaware, District of Columbia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Finland, Florida, Galápagos, Georgia, Haiti, Honduras, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Jamaica, Kansas, Kentucky, Labrador, Leeward Is., Louisiana, Maine, Manitoba, Marianas, Marshall Is., Maryland, Massachusetts, Mexico Central, Mexico Gulf, Mexico Northeast, Mexico Northwest, Mexico Southeast, Mexico Southwest, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nauru, Nebraska, Nevada, New Brunswick, New Caledonia, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New South Wales, New York, New Zealand North, New Zealand South, Newfoundland, Niue, Norfolk Is., North Carolina, North Dakota, North European Russi, Northwest European R, Norway, Nova Scotia, Ogasawara-shoto, Ohio, Oklahoma, Ontario, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Prince Edward I., Puerto Rico, Québec, Rhode I., Samoa, Saskatchewan, Solomon Is., South Australia, South Carolina, South Dakota, St.Helena, Sweden, Tennessee, Texas, Tonga, Trinidad-Tobago, Uruguay, Utah, Vermont, Victoria, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Windward Is., Wisconsin, Wyoming

Asparagus Tourn. ex L. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
11009.000
Gimingham, C.H. [CY50], Libya K000809343

First published in Sp. Pl.: 313 (1753)

Accepted by

  • Govaerts, R. (1995). World Checklist of Seed Plants 1(1, 2): 1-483, 1-529. MIM, Deurne.

Literature

Kew Bulletin

  • Hamdi, S. M. M. & Assadi, M. (2009). Asparagus khorasanensis (Asparagaceae), a new species from Iran. Feddes Repert. 120 (78): 419 - 426.
  • Sebsebe, D. (2008). Four new species of Asparagus (Asparagaceae) from the Flora Zambesiaca area. Kew Bull. 63: 269 - 275.
  • Thiers, B. (2008) (continuously updated): Index Herbariorum. http://sciweb.nybg.org/science2/In-dexHerbarium. asp
  • Browicz, K. (1990). In: K. H. Rechinger, Flora Iranica 165:1 69 - 1 76. Akademische Druck- u. Verlagsanstalt, Graz.
  • Davis, P. H. (1984). Flora of Turkey and the East Aegean Islands 8: 67 - 358. Edinburgh University Press.
  • Wendelbo, P. (1964). In: K. H. Rechinger, Flora of Lowland Iraq. Pp: 143 - 160. J. Cramer, Weinheim. (1985). In: C. C. Townsend & E. Guest, Flora of Iraq 8: 179 - 183. Ministry of Agriculture, Baghdad & Benthan Moxon Trust, Kew.
  • Parsa, A. (1949). Flore de I'Iran 5: 370 - 386. University of Tehran, Tehran.
  • Iljin, M. (1935). Asparagus. In: V. L. Komarov (ed.), Flora URSS. 4: Pp. 424 - 442. Editio Academiae scientiarum URSS, Leningrad.
  • Baker, J. G. (1875). Revision ofthe genera and species of Asparagaceae. J. Linn. Soc. Bot. 14: 508 - 632.

Flora of West Tropical Africa

  • F.T.A. 7: 435.
  • Sp. Pl. 313 (1753)

Flora of Somalia

  • Flora Somalia, Vol 4, (1995) Author: by Sebsebe Demissew [updated by M. Thulin 2008]
  • Jessop in Bothalia 9(1): 31–96 (1966).

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Kubutzki & Rudall in Kubutzki (ed.), Flowering Plants, Monocotyledons: Lilianae (except Orchidaceae) 3: 128 (1998)
  • Jessop in Bothalia 9: 31– 96 (1966)
  • Sp. Pl. 1: 313 (1753)

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