Asparagus asparagoides

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Taxonomy
Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Magnoliophyta
Class: Liliopsida
Order: Liliales
Family: Liliaceae
Genus: Asparagus
Species: A. asparagoides
Scientific Name
Asparagus asparagoides
(L.) Druce
Common Names

African asparagus fern

Overview

Appearance
Asparagus asparagoides is a herbaceous climbing plant that is native to southern Africa. It has a vine that can reach up to 10 ft. (3 m) in length.
Foliage
It has shiny green leaf-like structures which are flattened stems rather than true leaves. They measure up to 1.6 in. (4 cm) long by 0.8 in. (2 cm) wide.
Flowers
The pendent white flowers appear over winter and spring, from July to September. They can grow up to 0.8-2.4 in. (2-6 cm) long.
Fruit
The seeds are about 0.4 in. (1 cm) long and are spread by birds.
Ecological Threat
Asparagus asparagoides smothers native vegetation with thick foliage and dense mats of roots. It can be found on cliffs, roadsides and ditches.

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