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This species is accepted, and its native range is Mozambique to S. Africa.

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Flora Zambesiaca Asparagaceae by Sebsebe Demissew

Morphology General Habit
Erect, glabrous shrub 1–2 m high.
Morphology Stem
Stems smooth.
Morphology General Spines
Spines 1–3 mm long, recurved on main stem; spinules absent.
Morphology Branches
Branches 1–several from an enlarged node, spreading, bearing numerous short branchlets terminating in globose fascicles, cladodes 20–60 per fascicle, 10–15 mm long, deciduous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers profuse, in fascicles on young branches, usually appearing before cladodes are fully developed, sometimes also within cladode fascicles; pedicels 5–5.5 mm long, articulated in lower half.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Tepal
Tepals oblong, ± 3 mm long, white.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens Filaments
Filaments linear, anthers yellow.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Ovary
Ovary 3-locular with ± 4 ovules in each locule; attenuate below; style c.0.5 mm long; stigma 3-lobed.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Berry 7–9 mm in diameter, green when young.
Distribution
Also in S and E South Africa.
Ecology
Scrub on rocky hillsides; c.50 m.
Conservation
Conservation notes: Restricted distribution within the Flora area; possibly Vulnerable.

Native to:

Cape Provinces, KwaZulu-Natal, Mozambique, Northern Provinces

Asparagus macowanii Baker appears in other Kew resources:

First published in J. Linn. Soc., Bot. 14: 609 (1875)

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.

Literature

Flora Zambesiaca

  • in J. Linn. Soc., Bot. 14: 609 (1875).
  • ―Jessop in Bothalia 9: 57 (1966).

Flora Zambesiaca
Flora Zambesiaca
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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