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This species is accepted, and its native range is NE. & E. Tropical Africa.

[FSOM]

M. Thulin et al. Flora of Somalia Vol. 1-4 [updated 2008] https://plants.jstor.org/collection/FLOS

Morphology General Habit
Erect to scandent shrub up to 2 m high; branches glabrous, terete, smooth or lined with down-curved spines 1–3 mm long, the terminal branches also with spines
Morphology Stem Cladodes
Cladodes clustered, 2–25(–35) together, flexible, straight or bent, 15–26 mm long, flattened, angled, sometimes grooved on the upper side
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers clustered, (2–)3–6 together, axillary or terminal; pedicels 5–8 mm long, articulated at the middle or below
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts
Bracts ovate, c. 1 mm long, membranous
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Tepal
Tepals white, c. 3 mm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens shorter than tepals; anthers yellow
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Ovary
Ovary with 5 ovules in each cell; style c. 1 mm long, 3‑branched
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Berry red, 4–5 mm in diam., 1-seeded.
Distribution
N1, S1
Ecology
Altitude range 230–770 m.

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
 Erect to climbing shrub to 2 m high; branches purplish brown greyish, terete, smooth or lined, sometimes peeling, glabrous; spines 1– 3 mm long, curved downwards, also on the terminal branches.
Morphology Stem Cladodes
Cladodes in fascicles of 4– 25(– 35), flexible, straight or bent, 15– 30 mm long, flattened, angled, sometimes forming grooves on the upper side.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Flowers in fascicles of (2– )3– 6, axillary or terminal; bracts ovate, ± 1 mm long, membranous; pedicel 4– 10 mm long, articulated at the middleor below.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Tepals white, ± equal, 3– 4 mm long; stamens shorter than the perianth, anthers yellow; ovary 3-locular with 5 ovules in each locule; style ± 1 mm long with 3-‑ branched stigma.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Berry red, 4– 5 mm in diameter, 1-seeded.
Habitat
AcaciaCommiphora woodland, open Acacia woodland, grassland, bushed grassland, thicket; (60– )350– 1200(– 1700) m
Distribution
K1 K1/K4 K2 K6 K7 T1 T2 T5 U1

Native to:

Chad, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda

Asparagus scaberulus A.Rich. appears in other Kew resources:

First published in Tent. Fl. Abyss. 2: 320 (1850)

Accepted by

  • Andrews, F.W. (1956). The Flowering Plants of the Sudan 3: 1-579. T.Buncle & co., LTD., Arbroath, Scotland.
  • Darbyshire, I., Kordofani, M., Farag, I., Candiga, R. & Pickering, H. (eds.) (2015). The Plants of Sudan and South Sudan: 1-400. Kew publishing, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Demissew, S. & Nordal, I. (2010). Aloes and other Lilies of Ethiopia and Eritrea, ed, 2: 1-351. Shama Books, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
  • Demissew, S. (2006). Asparagaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa: 1-22.
  • Edwards, S., Demissew, S. & Hedberg, I. (eds.) (1997). Flora of Ethiopia and Eritrea 6: 1-586. The National Herbarium, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia & The Department of Systematic Botany, Upps.
  • Govaerts, R. (1995). World Checklist of Seed Plants 1(1, 2): 1-483, 1-529. MIM, Deurne.
  • Thulin, M. (ed.) (1995). Flora of Somalia 4: 1-298. The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Demissew, S. (2006). Asparagaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa: 1-22.
  • Edwards, S., Demissew, S. & Hedberg, I. (eds.) (1997). Flora of Ethiopia and Eritrea 6: 1-586. The National Herbarium, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia & The Department of Systematic Botany, Upps.
  • Thulin, M. (ed.) (1995). Flora of Somalia 4: 1-298. The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Flora of Somalia

  • Flora Somalia, Vol 4, (1995) Author: by Sebsebe Demissew [updated by M. Thulin 2008]

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • A.Rich., Tent. Fl. Abyss. 2: 320 (1851).
  • Sebsebe Demissew in Fl. Somalia 4: 25 (1995)
  • Sebsebe Demissew, Fl. Eth. & Erit. 6: 68 (1997).

Flora of Somalia
Flora of Somalia
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Flora of Tropical East Africa
Flora of Tropical East Africa
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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/
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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