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This species is accepted, and its native range is S. Ethiopia to S. Africa.

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
Climbing or erect herb or shrub to 2 m; branches glabrous to scabrid, pale grey, with spines 3– 10 mm long.
Morphology Stem Cladodes
Cladodes in fascicles, subulate, 7– 20 mm long and < 0.5 mm in thickness, absent at the time of flowering.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence racemose; raceme solitary or paired, 1.2– 4.5 cm long, scabrid; bracts ovate, 0.5– 1 mm long; pedicels solitary or paired, 1.5– 2.5 mm long, articulated at the apex.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Tepals white to cream, oblong to obovate, ± 3 mm long, ± equal; stamens 6, slightly shorter than the perianth parts; anthers black; ovary 3-locular with 4– 6 ovules in each locule; style 0.75– 1 mm long, 3-branched.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Berry red, globose, ± 6 mm in diameter, 1– 2-seeded.
Habitat
AcaciaCommiphora bushland, wooded or bushed grassland, dry grassland; 600– 1600 m
Distribution
K1 K2 K4 K4/K6 K7 T2 T3 Ethiopia, Somalia southwards to South Africa

[FSOM]

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

Morphology General Habit
Climbing or erect herb or shrub up to 2 m high; branches scabrid to puberulous, pale grey, with spines 3–10 mm long
Morphology Stem Cladodes
Cladodes clustered, subulate, 10–20 mm long and less than 0.5 mm thick, absent during the flowering period
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Racemes simple, 12–45 mm long, scabrid; pedicels solitary 1.5–3.5 mm long, articulated at the apex
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts
Bracts ovate, c. 1 mm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Tepal
Tepals white, oblong to obovate, 2–3 mm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens slightly shorter than tepals; anthers black
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Ovary
Ovary with 4–6 ovules in each cell; style 0.75–1 mm long, 3-branched
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Berry red, globose, c. 6 mm in diam., 1–2-seeded.
Distribution
S1 Kenya and south to South Africa and Namibia.
Ecology
Altitude range c. 200 m.
Note
This is similar to A. racemosus, but is easily distinguished by the apical articulation of the pedicel, the black anthers, and the shorter tepals. The single collection seen from Somalia was made in “El Magu”.

[FZ]

Flora Zambesiaca Asparagaceae by Sebsebe Demissew

Morphology General Habit
Slender, erect or twining shrubs up to 2 m high, leafless when flowering.
Morphology Stem
Stems grey, finely striate with minute conical, transparent papillae, ± scabrid.
Morphology General Spines
Spines on main branches 4–7(10) mm long, smaller on terminal branches.
Morphology Stem Cladodes
Cladodes absent at time of flowering, in fascicles of c.4, 15-30 × 0.5 mm.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence simple, racemes solitary or 2–3 from each node, 10–30 mm long; bracts small, ovate 1–1.5 mm long; pedicels 1–1.5(2.5) mm long, articulated at apex with swollen disc.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Tepal
Tepals white, 2–3 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens with filiform filaments and black-purple anthers.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Berry 6 mm in diameter.
Distribution
Also in Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa (Limpopo and Mpumulanga). .
Ecology
Mixed woodland on sandy slopes, along river margins, and on termitaria; 60–1500 m.
Conservation
Conservation notes: Widespread species; not threatened.

Native to:

Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique, Namibia, Northern Provinces, Somalia, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Asparagus aspergillus Jessop appears in other Kew resources:

First published in Bothalia 9: 71 (1966)

Accepted by

  • Demissew, S. & Nordal, I. (2010). Aloes and other Lilies of Ethiopia and Eritrea, ed, 2: 1-351. Shama Books, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
  • Demissew, S. (2006). Asparagaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa: 1-22.
  • Edwards, S., Demissew, S. & Hedberg, I. (eds.) (1997). Flora of Ethiopia and Eritrea 6: 1-586. The National Herbarium, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia & The Department of Systematic Botany, Upps.
  • Germishuizen, G. & Meyer, N.L. (eds.) (2003). Plants of Southern Africa: an annotated checklist. Strelitzia 14.: i-vi, 1-1231. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
  • Govaerts, R. (1995). World Checklist of Seed Plants 1(1, 2): 1-483, 1-529. MIM, Deurne.
  • Thulin, M. (ed.) (1995). Flora of Somalia 4: 1-298. The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Timberlake, J.R. & Martins, E.S. (eds.) (2008). Flora Zambesiaca 13(1): 1-140. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Literature

Flora Zambesiaca

  • in Bothalia 9: 71 (1966) in part, excl. Namibia specimens.
  • ―Sebsebe Demissew in F.T.E.A., Asparagaceae: 13 (2006).

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Demissew, S. (2006). Asparagaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa: 1-22.
  • Thulin, M. (ed.) (1995). Flora of Somalia 4: 1-298. The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Timberlake, J.R. & Martins, E.S. (eds.) (2008). Flora Zambesiaca 13(1): 1-140. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Flora of Somalia

  • Flora Somalia, Vol 4, (1995) Author: by Sebsebe Demissew [updated by M. Thulin 2008]

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Jessop in Bothalia 9: 71 (1966).
  • Sebsebe Demissew in Fl. Eth. & Erit. 6: 71 (1997).
  • Sebsebe Demissew in Fl. Somalia 4: 26 (1995)

Flora Zambesiaca
Flora Zambesiaca
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Flora of Somalia
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Flora of Tropical East Africa
Flora of Tropical East Africa
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Kew Backbone Distributions
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Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
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