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This species is accepted, and its native range is SE. Kenya to Mozambique.

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
Perennial herb or subshrub, erect or prostrate, 10– 50 cm high, sometimes attaining 1.8 m high when supported by bushes; branches grooved, glabrous, sometimes papillate, without spines.
Morphology Stem Cladodes
Cladodes in fascicles of 3– 15, grooved, unequal, 4– 15 mm long, spine-like at the tip.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Flowers solitary or paired in cladode fascicle on terminal branches; bracts elliptic, 1× 0.5 mm, acute at apex; pedicel 2– 3 mm long, articulated ± in the middle.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Tepals white, 3– 3.5 mm long; ovary 3-locular; style ± 0.7 mm long with 3-branched stigma.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Berry red, 5– 7 mm in diameter.
Habitat
Coral outcrops and salt flats near mangrove; 0– 15 m
Distribution
K7 T6 T8 Z

[FZ]

Flora Zambesiaca Asparagaceae by Sebsebe Demissew

Morphology General Habit
Erect or prostrate perennial herb, 10–50 cm high, sometimes to 180 cm when supported by bushes.
Morphology Branches
Branches glabrous, grooved, smooth, sometimes papillate without spines.
Morphology Stem Cladodes
Cladodes in fasicles of 6–15, grooved, unequal, 4–15 mm long, spine-like at the tip.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers solitary or paired in cladode fascicles; pedicel 2–3 mm long, articulated ± in the middle.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Tepal
Tepals white, 3–3.5 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Ovary
Ovary ovoid, c.1 mm long; style 0.7–1 mm long with 3-branched stigma.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Berry red, 5–7 mm in diameter.
Distribution
Also in Kenya, Tanzania and Zanzibar.
Ecology
Coastal area on bare sand, coral rocks and rocky ground; 0–15 m.
Conservation
Conservation notes: Localised distribution in the Flora area, but not threatened.

Native to:

Kenya, Mozambique, Tanzania

Asparagus humilis Engl. appears in other Kew resources:

First published in Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 45: 154 (1910)

Accepted by

  • Demissew, S. (2006). Asparagaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa: 1-22.
  • Govaerts, R. (1995). World Checklist of Seed Plants 1(1, 2): 1-483, 1-529. MIM, Deurne.
  • Timberlake, J.R. & Martins, E.S. (eds.) (2008). Flora Zambesiaca 13(1): 1-140. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Literature

Flora Zambesiaca

  • in Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 45: 154 (1910).
  • ―Sebsebe Demissew in F.T.E.A., Asparagaceae: 6 (2006).

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Demissew, S. (2006). Asparagaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa: 1-22.

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Engler in A. Engler, Botanische Jahrbücher für Systematik, Pflanzengeschichte und Pflanzengeographie 45: 154 (1910).

Flora Zambesiaca
Flora Zambesiaca
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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
The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2021. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
© Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0