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This species is accepted, and its native range is Central & S. Malawi to Cape Prov.

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Flora Zambesiaca Asparagaceae by Sebsebe Demissew

Morphology General Habit
Erect or scrambling shrub 1.5–2 m high, from a woody rootstock.
Morphology Stem
Stems glabrous, several radiating from base with a distinctive columnar appearance.
Morphology General Spines
Spines sharp, 10–15 on main stems; spinules present below each fascicle, 5–8 mm long.
Morphology Stem Cladodes
Cladodes fascicled, 3–13 per fascicle, filiform, 15–70 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Raceme 10–35 mm long, shorter than the cladodes.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers solitary or 2–3 terminal; bracts minute, c.0.5 mm long, falling readily; pedicels 3–4 mm long, articulated in middle or below.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Tepal
Tepals white or cream, 2.5–3 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Ovary
Ovary ovoid, 3-locular, with 4–5 ovules in each locule; style c.0.5 mm long, 3-branched.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Berry red, 5–8 mm in diameter, 1-seeded.
Distribution
Also in South Africa (KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern Cape and former Transvaal). .
Ecology
Montane grassland or open woodland, open rocky ground; 650–1850 m.
Conservation
Conservation notes: Widespread montane species; not threatened.

Native to:

Cape Provinces, KwaZulu-Natal, Malawi, Mozambique, Northern Provinces

Asparagus krebsianus (Kunth) Jessop appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Harris, T. [421], Mozambique K000613857

First published in Bothalia 9: 73 (1966)

Accepted by

  • 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.
  • Timberlake, J.R. & Martins, E.S. (eds.) (2008). Flora Zambesiaca 13(1): 1-140. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Timberlake, J.R., Bayliss, J., Alves, T., Francisco, J., Harris, T., Nangoma, D. & de Sousa, C. (2009). Biodiversity and Conservation of Mchese Mountain, Malawi. Report produced under the Darwin Initiative Award 15/036: 1-71. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Literature

Flora Zambesiaca

  • in Bothalia 9: 73 (1966).

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Germishuizen, G. & Meyer, N.L. (eds.) (2003). Plants of Southern Africa: an annotated checklist. Strelitzia 14.: i-vi, 1-1231. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
  • Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mt. Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34: 1-199.
  • Timberlake, J.R. & Martins, E.S. (eds.) (2008). Flora Zambesiaca 13(1): 1-140. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Flora Zambesiaca
Flora Zambesiaca
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Herbarium Catalogue Specimens

Kew Backbone Distributions
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 World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

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