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This species is accepted, and its native range is Zambia to S. Africa.
Asparagus nelsii Schinz

[FZ]

Flora Zambesiaca Asparagaceae by Sebsebe Demissew

Morphology General Habit
Erect spiny shrub 0.6 to 1 m high, with short branchlets.
Morphology Stem
Stems minutely pubescent or glabrous, grey with minute black speckles.
Morphology General Spines
Spines on main branches and branchlets sharply recurved, 5–10 mm long; spinules below bracts 1–1.5 mm long.
Morphology Stem Cladodes
Cladodes filiform, 4–9 per fascicle, 6–15 mm long, overlapping, pale green; spinules minute, 1–1.5 mm long below each fascicle, deciduous, absent at anthesis.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence solitary or 2–3 racemes from the stem nodes, 15–60 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers 1 or paired, rarely in fascicles of 3–5; pedicels 3–3.5 mm long, articulated once or twice, once at the base and the second in the middle or above.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Tepal
Tepals 2.5–3 5 mm long, white or pale cream.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens with pale anthers.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Ovary
Ovary ellipsoid, 3-locular with 4–6 ovules in each locule; style 0.5–1 mm long; stigma 3-branched.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Berry 5–6 mm in diameter, one-seeded.
Distribution
Also in Namibia, N South Africa and Angola.
Ecology
Open mopane or Combretum–Terminalia woodland on sandy soils; 750–1500 m.
Conservation
Conservation notes: Widespread species; not threatened.

Native to:

Angola, Botswana, Cape Provinces, Namibia, Northern Provinces, Zambia

English
Sandveld asparagus, Wild asparagus

Asparagus nelsii Schinz appears in other Kew resources:

First published in Bull. Herb. Boissier 4(App. 3): 44 (1896)

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 Bull. Herb. Boiss. 4, App.3: 44 (1896).
  • ―Baker  in F.T.A. 7: 431 (1898).
  • ―Jessop in Bothalia 9: 76 (1966).
  • ―Sölch, Roessler & Merxmüller in Prodr. Fl. SW Afr., fam.147: 31 (1966).

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Timberlake, J.R. & Martins, E.S. (eds.) (2008). Flora Zambesiaca 13(1): 1-140. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Flora Zambesiaca
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Kew Backbone Distributions
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Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
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