Asparagus africanus

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Asparagus africanus Lam.

Asparagaceae

Life form: climber

Exposure: half shade   9

Moisture: moist

Soil: sandy loam - Soil: gritty loam

Arrangement: alternate
Leaves: evergreen

Shape: not specified

Division: not specified

Shape: six-stellate
Fruit: berry

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Inflorescence: not specified

Petals: not specified
Habit: not specified

Growth form: not specified

Taxonomy

Divisio:
Magnoliophyta
Subdivisio:
Magnoliophytina
Classis:
Liliopsida
Subclassis:
Liliidae
Superordo:
Lilianae
Ordo:
Asparagales

Asparagus africanus is a climber.

Naming

Asparagus africanus was described by Jean-Baptiste Pierre Antoine de Monet de Lamarck in 1783. The name is considered as validly published.

Taxonomy

Asparagus africanus is a species in the genus Asparagus which contains approximately 217 to 242 species and belongs to the family of the Asparagaceae (Asparagus Family).

Characteristics

Growth

The climbers reach heights of 1 to 1,5 metres.

Leaves

Asparagus africanus is evergreen. The leaves are alternate.

Flowers and Fruits

Asparagus africanus produces white six-stellate flowers from April to June.

The climbers produce berries.

Root System

Distribution

Asparagus africanus is native to Namibia and South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland.

Cultivation

The climbers prefer a half-shady situation on moist soil. The substrate should be sandy-loamy or gritty-loamy soil. They tolerate temperatures down to -7°C (USDA zone 9).

Uses

Maintenance and Propagation

Cultivars

Poisonousness

Asparagus africanus is toxic.

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Pests and Diseases

Literature

  • Walter Erhardt, Erich Götz, Nils Bödeker, Siegmund Seybold: Der große Zander. Eugen Ulmer KG, Stuttgart 2008, ISBN 978-3-8001-5406-7. (Ger.)
  • Christoper Brickell (Editor-in-chief): RHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants. Third edition. Dorling Kindersley, London 2003, ISBN 0-7513-3738-2.

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