Asparagus setaceus (Kunth) Jessop

Climbing Asparagus Fern

Climbing branched perennial small-spined woody vine to 3 m from a short rhizome with thickened roots. Inflorescence consisting of solitary terminal flowers. Cladodes linear, round in cross-section, 3-10 mm long, numerous per node. Flowers bisexual, widely opening, 5-7 mm wide; summer.Tepals green. Fruit red. Syn. A. plumosus Bak., Protasparagus plumosus (Bak.) Oberm.

S Africa.

Grown in gardens as an ornamental under shade or sometimes as a hanging basket subject. Can become an invasive weed.

Source: Conran, J. (2005). Asparagaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 5. Flowering plants. Monocotyledons. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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Asparagus setaceus 'Nanus'

Compact, erect habit.

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Lilianae
order      Asparagales
family       Asparagaceae
genus        Asparagus L.