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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Monocots: Asparagales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Asparagus aethiopicus   FAMILY Asparagaceae   NEW! Click to go to FSUS key


(?) PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Asparagus aethiopicus   FAMILY Liliaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America
Asparagus aethiopicus

 

COMMON NAME:
Sprenger’s Asparagus-fern, Emerald-fern


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Keith Bradley    kab_a_aethiopicus_74031

May    Miami-Dade County    FL

From a distance, asparagus fern looks very soft or fluffy, per Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants.

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Keith Bradley    kab_a_aethiopicus_74032

May    Miami-Dade County    FL

Refrain from purchasing, propagating, or planting asparagus fern, per Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants.

image of Asparagus aethiopicus, Sprenger’s Asparagus-fern, Emerald-fern

Keith Bradley    kab_a_aethiopicus_74050

May    Miami-Dade County    FL

Needle-like branchlets are clustered in nodes, per Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants.

image of Asparagus aethiopicus, Sprenger’s Asparagus-fern, Emerald-fern

Keith Bradley    kab_a_aethiopicus_74052

May    Miami-Dade County    FL

"Cladophyll" = a stem with the form and function of a leaf, per Plant Identification Terminology.

image of Asparagus aethiopicus, Sprenger’s Asparagus-fern, Emerald-fern

Keith Bradley    kab_a_aethiopicus_74052b

May    Miami-Dade County    FL

Cladophylls solitary or in fascicles of 3+, linear, flattened, 8-22 x 2mm, per Flora of North America.

image of Asparagus aethiopicus, Sprenger’s Asparagus-fern, Emerald-fern

Keith Bradley    kab_a_aethiopicus_74052c

May    Miami-Dade County    FL

Flowers are white or pale pink, very fragrant, small and hardly noticeable, per Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants.

 

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Asparagus aethiopicus   FAMILY Asparagaceae

(?) PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Asparagus aethiopicus   FAMILY Liliaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America
Asparagus aethiopicus

 

Find by scientific name:

3859

Forb
Perennial

Non-native: southern Africa

Documented growing wild in GA - SC

Rare

Habitat: Disturbed areas, seeding down especially around plantings, especially commonly planted in coastal areas; sometimes epiphytic in palm boots, per Weakley's Flora

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Invasive?

This plant may be causing problems in natural areas outside its native range, according to authorities such as:

 

LEAVES:
Evergreen
Cladophylls and simple scalelike leaves
Alternate

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
White to pale pink
Bisexual
6 tepals, perianth rotate to campanulate
6 stamens
Superior ovary

Flowers in axillary racemes

FRUIT:
Red
Berry

 

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