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This species is accepted, and its native range is Zimbabwe to Northern Prov.

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Flora Zambesiaca Asparagaceae by Sebsebe Demissew

Morphology General Habit
Erect herb to 3 m high with ascending branches.
Morphology Stem
Stems erect, minutely pubescent, deep yellow when young, darker with age.
Morphology Branches
Branches ascending, bearing the short divergent side branches and branchlets close together, all ending in a hard spine. Lateral branches 1–3 from a node, short, the basal part pubescent (similar to stem and branch), the upper part a smooth spine, 4–8 mm long, thin spinous branchlets bearing cladodes also present.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts
Bracts membranous, shiny, apiculate, dentate.
Morphology Stem Cladodes
Cladodes fascicled, glabrous, few to many, 5–7 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers 1–3, erect, beside a cladode fascicle, next to base of smooth spine; pedicel 1–1.5 mm long, disc broadened at or near base of perianth.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Tepal
Tepals narrowly elliptic, 2–3 mm long, white.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens with yellow anthers.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Ovary
Ovary with 4 ovules in each locule; brown to black, obovoid; style short with 3 short stigmas.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Berry black, ± 5 mm in diameter, perianth persistent below.
Distribution
Also in N South Africa.
Ecology
In Brachystegia and Acacia woodland and open savanna with low shrubs; 1000–1650 m.
Conservation
Conservation notes: Moderately widespread taxon; not threatened.

Native to:

Botswana, Free State, Northern Provinces, Zimbabwe

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

First published in Bothalia 25: 207 (1995)

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.
  • Retief, E. & Meyer, N.L. (2017). Plants of the Free State inventory and identification guide Strelitzia 38: 1-1236. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
  • Timberlake, J.R. & Martins, E.S. (eds.) (2008). Flora Zambesiaca 13(1): 1-140. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Literature

Flora Zambesiaca

  • in Bothalia 25: 207 (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.
  • Retief, E. & Meyer, N.L. (2017). Plants of the Free State inventory and identification guide Strelitzia 38: 1-1236. 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