Asparagus asparagoides (L.) Druce
SMILAX ASPARAGUS
Bridal Creeper; Myrsiphyllum asparagoides L Willd; Medeola asparagoides L; Dracaena medeoloides Lf; Asparagus medeoloides Lf Thunb; Elachanthera sewelliae FMuell; Luzuriaga sewelliae FMuell KKrause; African asparagus fern
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Pucciniaceae  Puccinia asparagi @ BPI (1)

Puccinia myrsiphylli @ BPI (2)
Sclerotiniaceae  Botrytis vulgaris @ BPI (2)

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Asparagus asparagoides (L.) Druce
African asparagus fern

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General Information
Symbol: ASAS4
Group: Monocot
Family: Liliaceae
Duration: Perennial
Growth Habit : Forb/herb
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Native Status : L48   I
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Kingdom Plantae – Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta – Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
Class Liliopsida – Monocotyledons
Subclass Liliidae
Order Liliales
Family Liliaceae – Lily family
Genus Asparagus L. – asparagus
Species Asparagus asparagoides (L.) Druce – African asparagus fern

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2. Asparagus asparagoides (Linnaeus) W. Wight in W. D. Whitney and B. E. Smith, Cent. Dict. Cyclop. ed. 2, 12: 845. sub Myrsiphyllum. 1909.

Smilax asparagus

Medeola asparagoides Linnaeus, Sp. Pl. 1: 339. 1753

Vines, erect to deflexed, branching, climbing to 1.5 m; roots tuberous. Stems slender, to 3 m, wiry, smooth to slightly ridged; cladophylls solitary at each node, broadly lanceolate to ovate, 15—35 × 5—15(—20) mm, leathery, with 20—24 parallel veins. Leaves membranous, 1—2 mm; blade broadly lanceolate. Inflorescences in axillary umbels, 1—3(—4)-flowered. Flowers bisexual; perianth campanulate; tepals white, with green median stripe abaxially, 5—7 × 1—1.5 mm; pedicel 5—8 mm, with hard, raised joint 1—3 mm above base. Berries red, 6—8 mm. Seeds 1—4(—6). 2n = 20.

Flowering spring--summer. Waste places, open forests, roadsides; 0--100 m; introduced; Calif.; s Africa.

Asparagus asparagoides is cultivated as an ornamental and has naturalized locally in southern Europe.

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Asparagus asparagoides
Asparagus asparagoides
African Asparagus Fern
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Asparagus asparagoides
Asparagus asparagoides
African Asparagus Fern
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Asparagus asparagoides
Asparagus asparagoides
African Asparagus Fern
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Asparagus asparagoides
Asparagus asparagoides
African Asparagus Fern
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© 2011 P.Roullard

Asparagus asparagoides
Asparagus asparagoides
African Asparagus Fern
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Asparagus asparagoides
Asparagus asparagoides
African Asparagus Fern
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Asparagus asparagoides
Asparagus asparagoides
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© 2012 Jean Pawek

Asparagus asparagoides
Asparagus asparagoides
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© 2012 Jean Pawek

Asparagus asparagoides
Asparagus asparagoides
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© 2012 Jean Pawek

Asparagus asparagoides
Asparagus asparagoides
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© 2012 Jean Pawek

Asparagus asparagoides
Asparagus asparagoides
Smilax
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© 2016 Ron Vanderhoff

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