Asparagus undulatus (L.f.) Thunb.
  • Prodr. Pl. Cap.


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Morphology

Erect, branched shrublet to 40 cm. Cladodes lanceolate, ribbed. Flowers nodding, 1-3 in axils, tepals fused below, filaments straight.

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    Erect, rigid bushes (chamaephytes) 0.3-0.5 m tall, with long, simple, spreading branches bearing regularly placed phylloclades. Rhizome compact, scaly, bearing numerous roots, some of these with large fusiform tubers continued below as normal long, thin roots; occasionally they may produce a new shoot. Stem erect, ridged, with spreading, long, usually simple branches. Phylloclades ovate-acuminate, up to 25 mm long(smaller on new growth), leathery, striate, often folded above. Flowers pendulous, 1-3 at a node; pedicels ±5-9 mm long, with disc below perianth. Tepals broadly linear, ±6 mm long, purple or green with cream margins, reflexed in upper half. Stamens with flat attenuate filaments bearing 2 small basal spurs; anthers orange. Ovary with 8-10 ovules in each locule. Berry globose, ±5 mm in diameter, red. Flowering in spring.

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    Erect, stiff, freely-branched, spineless shrublet, up to 400 mm tall, some roots large and spindle-shaped but slender towards tips. Cladodes solitary, lanceolate, ribbed, often folded together near tip. Flowers nodding, 1-3 in axils, tepals cohering below, filaments perpendicular.

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    Habitat

    Sandy slopes, often in shade.

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    Usually in the strandveld with its sandy soil.

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    Sandy slopes, often in shade.

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    Distribution

    Namibia to Hottentots Holland Mtns.

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    Recorded from the Cape Peninsula along the west coast to Namibia.

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    Klinghardt Mountains, Port Nolloth, Vanrhynsdorp, Calvinia to SW Cape.

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      Bibliography

    • 1 Manning, JC; Goldblatt, P. 2012. Asparagaceae. 63 - 65. South African National Biodiversity Institute, Pretoria.
    • 2 Obermeyer, AA. 1992. Dracaenaceae, Asparagaceae, Luzuriagaceae and Smilacaceae: 2. Myrsiphyllum. In: O.A. Leistner (ed.). Fl. S. Africa 5(3): 71 - 82. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
    • 3 Prodr. Pl. Cap.
    • 4 Snijman, DA. 2013. Asparagaceae. 43 - 45. South African National Biodiversity Institute, Pretoria.

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    Asparagaceae
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