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

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
Erect shrubs 0.5– 1 m high, rigid, spiny, from a woody rootstock; stems many, striate, the ridges bearing minute, sharp, transparent cells, rarely smooth, brown when young, grey with age branches simple, bearing overlapping cladodes in fascicles; spines on main stems sharp, 4– 10 mm long, straight to recurved; spinules present below each fascicle, 3– 4.5 mm long.
Morphology Stem Cladodes
Cladodes 3– 10 per fascicle, filiform (somewhat triangular in cross section), 20– 40(– 65) mm long, turning dark when dry, deciduous, absent at time of flowering.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence:flowering branchlet 2.5– 15 cmlong or more; flowers usually paired, placed close together along branchlets; bracts membranous, fimbriate, ovate, ± 2.5 mm long; pedicels ± 2 mm long, terminating in a swollen disc below the perianth.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Tepals white or cream, 3– 4.5 mm long; ovary ovoid, 3-locular with 4 ovules in each locule; style ± 1 mm long with 3-branched stigma.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Berry red, 6– 8 mm in diameter, 1– 2-seeded.
Habitat
Deciduous woodland, grassland, bushland, forest edge; 400– 1850 m
Distribution
T1 T2 T3 T4 T5 T6 T7 T8

[FZ]

Flora Zambesiaca Asparagaceae by Sebsebe Demissew

Morphology General Habit
Erect, rigid, spiny shrubs 0.5–2 m high, from a woody rootstock.
Morphology Stem
Stems several, striate, the ridges with minute, sharp, transparent cells, rarely smooth, brown when young, grey with age.
Morphology General Spines
Spines on main stemssharp, 5–15 mm long, patent to recurved.
Morphology Branches
Branches spreading to arcuate, bearing overlapping cladode fascicles; spinules 1–3 mm long, present below flower fascicles.
Morphology Stem Cladodes
Cladodes 3-10 per fascicle, filiform (somewhat triangular in cross-section), 20–50(80) mm long, turning dark when dry, deciduous, absent at flowering.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Flowering branchlets 2–15(20) cm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers usually paired, placed close together along branchlets; bracts membranous, fimbriate, enclosing pedicels; pedicels 1.5–3 mm long, articulated with a swollen disc below perianth.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Tepal
Tepals white or cream, 2–3 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens with somewhat swollen filaments; anthers red.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Ovary
Ovary ovoid, dark, 4 ovules in each locule.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Berry red, 7–8 mm in diameter, 1–2-seeded.
Distribution
Also in Angola, Cameroon, Congo, Tanzania, Namibia and N South Africa.
Ecology
Miombo woodland, often on termitaria, mixed riverine woodland, rocky hillsides and grassland; 600–1900 m.
Conservation
Conservation notes: Widespread species; not threatened.

[FWTA]

Liliaceae, F. N. Hepper. Flora of West Tropical Africa 3:1. 1968

Morphology General Habit
Erect spiny herb 1-3 ft. high from tuberous roots
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers creamy with orange anthers, almost leafless in full flower
Ecology
In savanna.

Native to:

Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina, Burundi, Cameroon, Chad, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Northern Provinces, Tanzania, Togo, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

Asparagus schroederi Engl. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Keay, R.W.J. [25728], Nigeria 15146.000
Illegible from label [9499], Cameroon K000255633
Illegible from label [9002], Cameroon K000255634
illegible [9754], Cameroon K000255635
Mauve, A.A. [4442], South Africa Asparagus obermeyerae K000255727 isotype

First published in Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 32: 97 (1902)

Accepted by

  • Akoègninou, A., van der Burg, W.J. & van der Maesen, L.J.G. (eds.) (2006). Flore Analytique du Bénin: 1-1034. Backhuys Publishers.
  • Brundu, G. & Camarda, I. (2013). The Flora of Chad: a checklist and brief analysis PhytoKeys 23: 1-18.
  • Brunel, J.F., Hiepo, P. & Scholz, H. (eds.) (1984). Flore Analytique du Togo Phanérogames: 1-751. GTZ, Eschborn.
  • Demissew, S. (2006). Asparagaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa: 1-22.
  • 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.
  • Hepper, F.N. (ed.) (1968). Flora of West Tropical Africa, ed. 2, 3(1): 1-276.
  • Thiombiano, A., Schmidt, M., Dressler, S., Ouédraogo, A., Hahn, K. & Zizka, G. (2012). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires du Burkina Faso Boissiera 65: 1-391.
  • Timberlake, J.R. & Martins, E.S. (eds.) (2008). Flora Zambesiaca 13(1): 1-140. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Literature

Flora of West Tropical Africa

  • Aké Assi, Contrib. 2: 20[229].
  • Bot. Jahrb. 32: 97 (1902)

Flora Zambesiaca

  • in Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 32: 97 (1903).
  • ―Sebsebe Demissew in F.T.E.A., Asparagaceae: 11 (2006).

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Brundu, G. & Camarda, I. (2013). The Flora of Chad: a checklist and brief analysis PhytoKeys 23: 1-18.
  • Demissew, S. (2006). Asparagaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa: 1-22.
  • Hepper, F.N. (ed.) (1968). Flora of West Tropical Africa, ed. 2, 3(1): 1-276.
  • Thiombiano, A., Schmidt, M., Dressler, S., Ouédraogo, A., Hahn, K. & Zizka, G. (2012). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires du Burkina Faso Boissiera 65: 1-391.
  • Timberlake, J.R. & Martins, E.S. (eds.) (2008). Flora Zambesiaca 13(1): 1-140. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Engl. in A. Engler, Botanische Jahrbücher für Systematik, Pflanzengeschichte und Pflanzengeographie 32: 97 (1903).
  • Hepper in Flora of West Tropical Africa 3: 93 (1968).
  • Obermayer in Flora of Southern Africa 5(3): 53 (1992).

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Flora of Tropical East Africa
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