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This species is accepted, and its native range is SW. Ethiopia to S. Africa.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[FSOM]

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

Morphology General Habit
Climber up to 5 m high; branches glabrous, pale brown to greyish, smooth, shiny, with spines on main branches up to 4 cm long and dorsally flattened towards the base
Morphology Stem Cladodes
Cladodes clustered, 3–5 together, subulate, 10–18(–27) x c. 0.5 mm
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Racemes simple, 1.5–4 cm long, glabrous; pedicels solitary or paired, 2–5 mm long, articulated above the middle
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts
Bracts ovate, 1–2 mm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Tepal
Tepals white to cream, elliptic to obovate, 2–3 mm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens shorter than tepals; anthers yellow
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Ovary
Ovary obovate, with 6–8 ovules in each cell; style c. 0.5 mm long, 3-branched
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Berry red, c. 5 mm in diam., 1–2-seeded.
Distribution
S3 Uganda, Sudan, Kenya and south to South Africa.
Ecology
Altitude range c. 40 m.
Note
Maunder 134 from the bank of Juba R. south of Buaale has a single young fruit only, but agrees with A. buchananii in having an unbranched raceme and bracts c. 1 mm long. The sterile specimen Paoli 712 from “Bur Meldac” in S1 was cited as A. buchananii by Chiovenda in Result. Scient. Miss. Stefanini-Paoli: 170 (1916) and may well belong here too. Better material is needed to confirm the presence of A. buchananii in Somalia.

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
Climber or scandent shrub to 3 m high; branches pale brown, smooth, glabrous, shiny with spines 1– 4 cm long, dorsally flattened towards the base.
Morphology Stem Cladodes
Cladodes in fascicles of 3– 5, subulate, 10– 17(– 27) mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Racemes simple, solitary or in fascicles of 2, 1.5– 3(– 5) cm long, glabrous; bracts ovate, 1– 2 mm long; pedicels solitary, 2– 3 mm long, articulated at the apex or sometimes at the middle.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Tepals white to cream, 2– 3 mm long; stamens shorter than the perianth parts; anthers yellow; ovary 3-locular, obovate with 6– 8 ovules in each locule; style ± 0.5 mm long with 3-branched stigma.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Berry red, 5– 7 mm in diameter, 1– 2-seeded.
Habitat
Grassland, wooded grassland, dry bushland, thicket,woodland; (0– )150– 2250 m
Distribution
K1 K3 K4 K5 K6 K7 T1 T2 T3 T4 T5 T6 T7 T8

[FZ]

Flora Zambesiaca Asparagaceae by Sebsebe Demissew

Morphology General Habit
Climbing or scandent shrub 1–3 m high.
Morphology Branches
Branches glabrous, shiny yellowish-brown to purplish.
Morphology General Spines
Spines on stems straight, reflexed, flattened at base, 7–35 mm long, those on branches and branchlets smaller.
Morphology Stem Cladodes
Cladodes on short branchlets in fascicles of 2–6, unequal in length, filiform, 10–25(30) mm long, usually absent at anthesis; stipules lacerated (not intact).
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence simple, rarely a compound raceme 20–70 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flower base elongate (pericladium), lengthening with age to 1 mm; bracts ovate, 1.5–2 mm long; pedicels articulated at apex or above the middle, 3–5 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Tepal
Tepals white, 2.5–3 mm long, reflexed with age.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens with anthers yellow or dark.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Ovary
Ovary with c.4 ovules in each locule, dark, narrowed below, obtuse above; style short, with 3 short obtuse stigmas.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Berry rounded to obovate, 6–7 mm in diameter, 1–3-seeded.
Distribution
Also in eastern subtropical Africa, N Namibia, South Africa (former Transvaal and KwaZulu-Natal) and Swaziland.
Ecology
Wooded grassland, riverine woodland, on sandy slopes, termitaria or edges of thickets; 700–1600 m.
Conservation
Conservation notes: Widespread species; not threatened.

Native to:

Angola, Botswana, Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, KwaZulu-Natal, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Northern Provinces, Rwanda, Somalia, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

Asparagus buchananii Baker appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Jul 1, 1965 Buchanan, J., C.M.G. [1503], Malawi K000255672 Unknown type material
Cameron, K.J. [23], Malawi K000255671 Unknown type material
Buchanan [s.n.], Malawi K000255673 Unknown type material

First published in Bull. Misc. Inform. Kew 1893: 211 (1893)

Accepted by

  • Darbyshire, I., Kordofani, M., Farag, I., Candiga, R. & Pickering, H. (eds.) (2015). The Plants of Sudan and South Sudan: 1-400. Kew publishing, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • 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 F.T.A. 7: 434 (1898).
  • in Kew Bull. 1893: 211 (1893);
  • ―Jessop in Bothalia 9: 67 (1966).
  • ―Sebsebe Demissew in F.T.E.A., Asparagaceae: 14 (2006).

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • 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.
  • 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

  • Baker in Bulletin of Miscellaneous Information, Kew 1893: 211 (1893)
  • Baker in Flora of Tropical Africa 7: 434 (1898).
  • Jessop in Bothalia 9: 67 (1966).
  • Sebsebe Demissew in Fl. Somalia 4: 27 (1995)
  • Sebsebe Demissew, Fl. Eth. & Erit. 6: 71 (1997).

Flora Zambesiaca
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Flora of Somalia
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