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This species is accepted, and its native range is S. Tropical & S. Africa.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[FZ]

Flora Zambesiaca Asparagaceae by Sebsebe Demissew

Morphology General Habit
Erect or scandent shrub, 60–200 cm or more.
Morphology Stem
Stem unbranched at base, with branching above the middle.
Morphology Branches
Branches and branchlets glabrous, lined, greenish.
Morphology General Spines
Spines and spinules absent on branches and upper part of stem. Spines 1–1.5 mm long towards the lower half, brownish, broad at the base and resembling a stipule.
Morphology Stem Cladodes
Cladodes fasciculate, 3–12 together, ± filiform, absent during flowering.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers solitary or paired, axillary; pedicel 5–6 mm long, articulated in the middle or below.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Tepal
Tepals white to cream, 3–4 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Ovary
Ovary ovoid, 3-locular with 4–6 ovules in each locule; style c.1 mm long, 3-branched.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
[Fruit measurements from Borges 311 (K) from Angola.] Berry green turning red, 4–6 mm wide, 1-seeded.
Distribution
Also in South Africa, Namibia and Angola.
Ecology
Brachystegia woodland, open woodland on limestone, occasionally on rocky outcrops; 400–1400 m.
Conservation
Conservation notes: Widespread species; not threatened.

Native to:

Angola, Botswana, Cape Provinces, Free State, KwaZulu-Natal, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Northern Provinces, Zambia

Asparagus psilurus Welw. ex Baker appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Welwitsch [3871], Angola K000255654 Unknown type material
Welwitsch [3870], Angola K000255653 Unknown type material
Welwitsch [3869], Angola K000255656 Unknown type material
Welwitsch [3868], Angola K000255657 Unknown type material

First published in Trans. Linn. Soc. London, Bot. 1: 253 (1878)

Accepted by

  • 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 F.T.A. 7: 427 (1898).
  • in Trans. Linn. Soc., Bot. 1: 253 (1878);

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.
  • 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
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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