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This species is accepted, and its native range is Tropical & S. Africa, W. Arabian Peninsula.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[FWTA]

Liliaceae, F. N. Hepper. Flora of West Tropical Africa 3:1. 1968

Morphology General Habit
Climbing or more or less erect plant with arching spiny branchlets
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers white, fragrant
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruits orange when ripe.

[FSOM]

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

Morphology General Habit
Erect or scandent shrub up to 2 m high; branches glabrous, terete or grooved, smooth to lined with straight or curved spines 2–4 mm long
Morphology Stem Cladodes
Cladodes clustered, 1–8 together, subulate, stiff, 5–20 mm long, sometimes absent in flowering and fruiting specimens
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers axillary, solitary or paired; pedicels 4–5 mm long, articulated towards the base
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Tepal
Tepals white to purple, 2.5–3 mm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens shorter than tepals
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Ovary
Ovary with 1–2 ovules in each cell; style c. 1 mm long, slender, 3-branched
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Berry orange-red, 5–7 mm in diam., 1(–3)-seeded
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds rounded, rugose.
Distribution
S1 Ethiopia, Sudan, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and westwards to West Africa.
Ecology
Altitude range 230–430 m.

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
Erect shrub to 2(– 3) m high, rarely climbing to 4 m high; branches terete or grooved, smooth to lined with straight or curved spines 3– 5 mm long, these also on terminal branches, glabrous to pubescent.
Morphology Stem Cladodes
Cladodes in fascicles of 4– 10(– 14), subulate, stiff, 5– 30(– 60) mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Flowers axillary, solitary or paired; bracts overlapping, ovate, 1.5× 1 mm, acute at apex; pedicels 5– 10 mm long, articulated below the middle, closer to the base.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Tepals white to purple (pink), ± equal, 2– 3 mm long; stamens shorter than the perianth; anthers white or cream, 0.3 mm long; ovary 3-locular with 1– 2 ovules in each locule; style ± 1 mm long, slender; stigma 3-branched.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Berry orange-red, 6– 9 mm in diameter with 1(– 3) seeds.
Figures
Fig. 2:1– 5 (page 16).
Habitat
Grassland, wooded grassland, scattered tree grassland, woodland, bushland, often in regularly burned areas; 0– 2100 m
Distribution
K1 K3 K4 K5 K6 K7 T1 T2 T3 T4 T5 T6 T7 T8 West Africa to Ethiopia and Eritrea and S to Congo and Tanzania

[FZ]

Flora Zambesiaca Asparagaceae by Sebsebe Demissew

Morphology General Habit
Erect shrub 1–2 m high.
Morphology Branches
Branches glabrous to pubescent, terete or grooved, smooth to lined with spines, 1–5 mm long, straight or curved, seen also on terminal branches.
Morphology Stem Cladodes
Cladodes fasciculate, 1–15 together, subulate, stiff, or flexible when young, 5–40(60) mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers axillary, solitary or paired; pedicels 5–10 mm long, articulated below the middle.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Tepal
Tepals white to cream with purple (pink) tinge, equal, 2–4.5 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens shorter than tepals; anthers white or cream, 0.3 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Ovary
Ovary 3‑locular with 1–2 ovules in each locule; style c.1 mm long, slender, 3‑branched.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Berry orange‑red, 6–9 mm in diameter with 1(3) seeds.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds black, 3–5 mm in diameter, rounded, rugose.
Distribution
Also Ethiopia, Eritrea, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Sudan, Congo, Central African Republic to West Africa.
Ecology
Acacia–Combretum and miombo woodland, riparian woodland and burnt grassland; 50–1500 m.
Conservation
Conservation notes: Widespread species; not threatened.

[FWTA]

Liliaceae, F. N. Hepper. Flora of West Tropical Africa 3:1. 1968

Morphology General Habit
Erect armed shrub about 4 ft. high branched in the upper part
Ecology
In upland grassland among rocks.

Native to:

Benin, Burkina, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Repu, Chad, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

Asparagus flagellaris (Kunth) Baker appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Dalton [s.n.], Nigeria K000255628 Unknown type material
Schweinfurth, G. [29], Sudan K000099718 Unknown type material
Milne-Redhead, E. [7062], Tanzania Asparagus pauli-guilelmi 24519.000

First published in J. Linn. Soc., Bot. 14: 614 (1875)

Accepted by

  • Akoègninou, A., van der Burg, W.J. & van der Maesen, L.J.G. (eds.) (2006). Flore Analytique du Bénin: 1-1034. Backhuys Publishers.
  • Andrews, F.W. (1956). The Flowering Plants of the Sudan 3: 1-579. T.Buncle & co., LTD., Arbroath, Scotland.
  • Barry, J. P. & Celles, J.S. (1991). Flore de Mauritanie 2: 360-550. Centre Regional de Documentation Pedagogique, Nice.
  • Boulvert, Y. (1977). Catalogue de la Flore de Centrafrique 2(2): 1-94. ORSTOM, Bangui.
  • Brunel, J.F., Hiepo, P. & Scholz, H. (eds.) (1984). Flore Analytique du Togo Phanérogames: 1-751. GTZ, Eschborn.
  • Catarino, L., Martins, E.S., Diniz, M.A. & Pinto-Basto, M.F. (2006). Check-list da flora vascular do parque natural das Lagos de Cufada (Guiné-Bissau) Garcia de Orta, Série de Botânica 17: 97-141.
  • Chaudhary, S.A. (2001). Flora of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia 3: 1-368. Ministry of Agriculture & Water, Riyadh.
  • 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.
  • Govaerts, R. (1995). World Checklist of Seed Plants 1(1, 2): 1-483, 1-529. MIM, Deurne.
  • Hepper, F.N. (ed.) (1968). Flora of West Tropical Africa, ed. 2, 3(1): 1-276.
  • Jones, M. (1991). A checklist of Gambian plants: 1-33. Michael Jones, The Gambia College.
  • Lebrun, J.-P., Audru, J., Gaston, A. & Mosnier, M. (1972). Catalogue des Plantes Vasculaires du Tchad Méridional: 1-289. Institut d' Elevage et de Médecine Vétérinaire des Pays Tropicaux, Maisons Alfort.
  • Masharabu, T., Bigendako, M.J., Lejoly, J., Nkengurutse, J., Noret, N., Bizuru, E. & Bogaert, J. (2010). Etude analytique de la flore et de la végétation du Parc National de la Ruvubu, Burundi International Journal of Biological and Chemical Sciences 4: 834-856.
  • Peyre de Fabregues, B. & Lebrun, J.-P. (1976). Catalogue des Plantes Vascularies du Niger: 1-433. Institut d' Elevage et de Médecine Vétérinaire des Pays Tropicaux, Maisons Alfort.
  • Timberlake, J.R. & Martins, E.S. (eds.) (2008). Flora Zambesiaca 13(1): 1-140. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Literature

Flora of West Tropical Africa

  • Chev. Bot. 644.
  • F.T.A. 7: 430
  • in J. Linn. Soc. 14: 614 (1875)

Flora Zambesiaca

  • in F.T.A. 7: 430 (1898).
  • in J. Linn. Soc., Bot. 14: 614 (1875);
  • ―Sebsebe Demissew in F.T.E.A., Asparagaceae: 10 (2006).

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Barry, J. P. & Celles, J.S. (1991). Flore de Mauritanie 2: 360-550. Centre Regional de Documentation Pedagogique, Nice.
  • Catarino, L., Martins, E.S., Diniz, M.A. & Pinto-Basto, M.F. (2006). Check-list da flora vascular do parque natural das Lagos de Cufada (Guiné-Bissau) Garcia de Orta, Série de Botânica 17: 97-141.
  • Chaudhary, S.A. (2001). Flora of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia 3: 1-368. Ministry of Agriculture & Water, Riyadh.
  • 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.
  • Hepper, F.N. (ed.) (1968). Flora of West Tropical Africa, ed. 2, 3(1): 1-276.
  • Jones, M. (1991). A checklist of Gambian plants: 1-33. Michael Jones, The Gambia College.
  • Lebrun, J.-P., Audru, J., Gaston, A. & Mosnier, M. (1972). Catalogue des Plantes Vasculaires du Tchad Méridional: 1-289. Institut d' Elevage et de Médecine Vétérinaire des Pays Tropicaux, Maisons Alfort.
  • Masharabu, T., Bigendako, M.J., Lejoly, J., Nkengurutse, J., Noret, N., Bizuru, E. & Bogaert, J. (2010). Etude analytique de la flore et de la végétation du Parc National de la Ruvubu, Burundi International Journal of Biological and Chemical Sciences 4: 834-856.
  • Peyre de Fabregues, B. & Lebrun, J.-P. (1976). Catalogue des Plantes Vascularies du Niger: 1-433. Institut d' Elevage et de Médecine Vétérinaire des Pays Tropicaux, Maisons Alfort.
  • 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

  • Agnew, A.D.Q. & Agnew, S., Upland Kenya Wild Flowers, ed. 2: 311 (1994).
  • Baker in Journal of the Linnean Society of London, Botany 14: 614 (1875).
  • Hepper in Flora of West Tropical Africa 3: 93 (1968).
  • Sebsebe Demissew in Fl. Somalia 4: 26 (1996)
  • Sebsebe Demissew, Fl. Eth. & Erit. 6: 70 (1997).

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