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

[FZ]

Flora Zambesiaca Asparagaceae by Sebsebe Demissew

Morphology General Habit
Erect or scandent shrub to 1.5 m long.
Morphology Stem
Stem straight, brownish, shiny, smooth with feathery branches.
Morphology General Spines
Spines short, straight or slightly recurved, present on stems and main branches, 5–7 mm long.
Morphology Stem Cladodes
Cladodes 3–5 per fascicle, unequal, 10–16 mm long, filiform, thin; stipules intact.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers in simple racemes or in fascicles of 2; racemes 25–40(65) mm long; pedicels 5–6(8) mm long, articulated above the middle.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Tepal
Tepals ± elliptic, 2.5–3 × 0.6 mm long, white to cream, reflexed at a later stage; bracts membranous, acute to acuminate, c.2.5 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Ovary
Ovary attenuate below.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Berry 6–10 mm in diameter, red (from Henderson 109 from KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa at 200 m).
Distribution
Also in South Africa.
Ecology
Open woodland and forest margins; 1200–1400 m.
Conservation
Conservation notes: Restricted montane distribution in the Flora area; Lower Risk near threatened.

Native to:

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

Asparagus saundersiae Baker appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Jul 1, 1965 Saunders [s.n.], KwaZulu-Natal K000255722 holotype

First published in J. Bot. 27: 42 (1889)

Accepted by

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

Not 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. [Cited as Asparagus racemosus.]
  • Govaerts, R. (1995). World Checklist of Seed Plants 1(1, 2): 1-483, 1-529. MIM, Deurne. [Cited as Asparagus racemosus.]

Literature

Flora Zambesiaca

  • in F.C. 6: 269 (1896).
  • in J. Bot. 1889: 42 (1889);

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • 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