1. Family: Asparagaceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Asparagus Tourn. ex L.
      1. Asparagus denudatus (Kunth) Baker

        This species is accepted, and its native range is E. Tropical & S. Africa.

    [FTEA]

    Asparagaceae, Sebsebe Demissew. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 2006

    Habit
    Erect branching shrub, 1– 1.5 m high, leafless for most of the time; branches grooved or ridged, with spines 1.5– 2 mm long, glabrous.
    Cladodes
    Cladodes in fascicles of 2– 3, 6– 15 mm long (2– 4 mm long in South Africa).
    Inflorescences
    Flowers solitary or in 2– 5 fascicles, axillary and terminal; bracts ovate, 2× 1 mm, obtuse at apex; pedicels 4– 7 mm long, articulated in the middle or below.
    Flowers
    Tepals white, 2.5– 3.5× 1– 1.5 mm; ovary 2-locular with 3– 4 ovules in each locule.
    Fruits
    Berry red or black, 4– 5 mm in diameter, 1-seeded.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Cape Provinces, Free State, Kenya, KwaZulu-Natal, Lesotho, Northern Provinces, Tanzania

    Asparagus denudatus (Kunth) Baker appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Jan 1, 2002 Volkens [1806], Tanzania K000255650 Unknown type material
    Jan 1, 2002 Volkens [1806], Tanzania K000255651 Unknown type material
    Dec 19, 1969 Burchell [2758], South Africa K000255696 Unknown type material
    Pearson, H.H.W. [4003], South Africa K000255695 holotype
    Drege [3533], South Africa K000255693 Unknown type material
    Drege [3533], South Africa K000255694 Unknown type material

    First published in J. Linn. Soc., Bot. 14: 606 (1875)

    Accepted by

    • Demissew, S. (2006). Asparagaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa: 1-22.
    • 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.

    Literature

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    • Demissew, S. (2006). Asparagaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa: 1-22.
    • Germishuizen, G. & Meyer, N.L. (eds.) (2003). Plants of Southern Africa: an annotated checklist. Strelitzia 14.: i-vi, 1-1231. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    • Baker in Journal of the Linnean Society of London, Botany 606 (1875).

    Sources

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
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    Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
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    Kew Backbone Distributions
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2020. 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
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    © Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0