Asparagus racemosus

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Asparagus racemosus Willd.

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: campanulate
Fruit: berry

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Inflorescence: panicle

Petals: not specified
Habit: not specified

Growth form: not specified

Taxonomy

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

Asparagus racemosus is a climber.

Naming

Asparagus racemosus was described by Carl Ludwig von Willdenow in 1799. The name is considered as validly published.

Taxonomy

Asparagus racemosus 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 2 metres.

Leaves

Asparagus racemosus is evergreen. The leaves are alternate.

Flowers and Fruits

Asparagus racemosus produces panicles of white campanulate flowers in July.

The climbers carry red berries.

Root System

Distribution

Asparagus racemosus is native to South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland, East Africa and tropical Africa.

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 racemosus 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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