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This species is accepted, and its native range is Congo to Tanzania and S. Africa.
Asparagus laricinus

[FZ]

Flora Zambesiaca Asparagaceae by Sebsebe Demissew

Morphology General Habit
Erect, much-branched, spiny shrub 2–3(4) m high, young stems and branches ribbed, whitish, minutely hispidulous or glabrous, turning brown and smooth with age.
Morphology General Spines
Spines short, hard, straight or slightly curved, those on stems and branches 4–7 mm long, those below cladode fascicles 1–2 mm long.
Morphology Stem Cladodes
Cladodes on branches and branchlets, 15–60 in a fascicle, filiform, 10–15(35) mm long when mature, fairly equal in length, shorter in some forms.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers 1–8(12), on outside of cladode fascicles.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Tepal
Tepals white to cream, 3–4 mm long; pedicels 4–9 mm long, articulated below the middle.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens with red or orange anthers.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Ovary
Ovary 3-locular with 6–7 ovules in each locule; style short, c.1 mm long, with 3 short spreading stigmas.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Berry 5–7 mm in diameter, red.
Distribution
Also in Angola, Namibia, Tanzania, Lesotho and South Africa.
Ecology
Burnt scrub grassland, shrubby grassland, river banks and damp woodland; 900–2300 m.
Conservation
Conservation notes: Widespread species; not threatened.

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
Spiny shrubs 1– 3 m high, erect or climbing or sometimes trailing; young stems and branches whitish, ribbed, minutely hispidulous or glabrous, turning brown and smooth with age; spines short, hard, straight or slightly curved, on stems and below branches 3.5– 6(– 8) mm, below cladode fascicles 1.5– 2 mm long.
Morphology Stem Cladodes
Cladodes up to 10 in a fascicle, filiform, 8– 15(– 20) mm long when mature, fairly equal in length.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Flowers 1– 8, on outside of cladode fascicles; bracts overlapping, ± membranous, ovate, 1.5× 1 mm, rounded at apex; pedicel 5– 6 mm long, articulated in the lower half, below the middle.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Tepals 2.5– 4 mm long, white; stamens with red or orange anthers; ovary 3-locular with 5– 6 ovules in each locule; style short, ± 1 mm long (incl. stigma) with 3 short, spreading stigmas.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Berry red, 6– 8 mm in diameter, 1-seeded.
Habitat
Grassland, flooded grassland, bushland and thicket, forest margins; (750– )1700– 2400 m
Distribution
T4 T7

Native to:

Angola, Botswana, Cape Provinces, Central African Repu, Congo, Free State, KwaZulu-Natal, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Northern Provinces, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

Asparagus laricinus Burch. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Mar 24, 1971 Welwitsch [3879], Angola K000255670 Unknown type material
Jul 1, 1965 Burchell [1971], South Africa K000255707 holotype
Jul 1, 1965 Burchell [3020], South Africa K000255708 holotype

First published in Trav. S. Africa 1: 537 (1822)

Accepted by

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

Literature

Flora Zambesiaca

  • Trav. Sthn. Africa 1: 537 (1822).
  • in F.C. 6: 267 (1896);
  • in F.T.A. 7: 433 (1898).
  • ―Baker in J. Linn. Soc., Bot. 14: 620 (1875);
  • ―Jessop in Bothalia 9: 60 (1966).
  • ―Kunth, Enum. Pl. 5: 75 (1850).
  • ―Sebsebe Demissew in F.T.E.A., Asparagaceae: 5 (2006).
  • ―Sölch, Roessler & Merxmüller in Prodr. Fl. SW Afr., fam.147: 31 (1966).

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Boulvert, Y. (1977). Catalogue de la Flore de Centrafrique 2(2): 1-94. ORSTOM, Bangui.
  • Demissew, S. (2006). Asparagaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa: 1-22.
  • Germishuizen, G. & Meyer, N.L. (eds.) (2003). Plants of Southern Africa: an annotated checklist. Strelitzia 14.: i-vi, 1-1231. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
  • Sita, P. & Moutsambote, J.-M. (2005). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires du Congo, ed. sept. 2005: 1-158. ORSTOM, Centre de Brazzaville.
  • Timberlake, J.R. & Martins, E.S. (eds.) (2008). Flora Zambesiaca 13(1): 1-140. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Baker in Fl. Cap. 6: 267 (1896).
  • Baker in Journal of the Linnean Society of London, Botany 14: 620 (1875).
  • Bresler, Dissert. inaug.: 40 (1826).
  • Burch., Travels Int. S. Africa 1: 537 (1822).
  • Jessop in Bothalia 9: 60 (1966).
  • Kunth, Enum. Pl. 5: 75 (1850).
  • Roem. & Schult., Syst. Veg. 7(1): 337 (1829).
  • Sölch et al., Fl. Südwest-Afr.: 31 (1961).

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