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This species is accepted, and its native range is E. Zimbabwe to S. Africa.

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Flora Zambesiaca Asparagaceae by Sebsebe Demissew

Morphology General Habit
Erect, creeping or scandent shrub, glabrous, greyish-green, intricately branched, 0.5–1.5 m high, with long thin divergent branchlets.
Morphology Stem
Stem erect, ± 3 mm in diameter.
Morphology General Spines
Spines small, retrorse with a triangular, appressed upper scale.
Morphology Branches
Branches and branchlets sympodial, terminating in 1–2 cladodes.
Morphology Stem Cladodes
Cladodes solitary, paired at stem apices, filiform, 30–40 mm long, stiff, apiculate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers in a compact fascicle of 6–20 in upper node, flanked by 2 divergent cladodes which much exceed flower fascicles, 'deep mauve, paling later'; pedicel 5–6 mm long, articulated in lower half.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Tepal
Tepals broadly linear, c.4 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Ovary
Ovary with ± 4 ovules in each locule, narrowly ovoid, attenuated below and above into a long style; stigma apical, swollen.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Berry c.5 mm in diameter, yellow when ripe.
Distribution
Also in South Africa (Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumulanga) and Swaziland.
Ecology
In coastal areas on sandy soil; 0–300 m.
Conservation
Conservation notes: Limited distribution in the Flora area; Lower Risk near threatened.

Native to:

Cape Provinces, KwaZulu-Natal, Mozambique, Northern Provinces, Swaziland, Zimbabwe

Asparagus divaricatus (Oberm.) Fellingham & N.L.Mey. appears in other Kew resources:

First published in J. Linn. Soc., Bot. 14: 618 (1875)

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 Bothalia 25: 206 (1995).

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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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/
© Copyright 2017 World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

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