Asparagus volubilis (L.f.) Thunb.
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Cite taxon page as 'WFO (2020): Asparagus volubilis (L.f.) Thunb. Published on the Internet;http://www.worldfloraonline.org/taxon/wfo-0000635481. Accessed on: 06 Jun 2020'

Diagnostic Description

Giving off a garlic odour which scents the air around' (Tyson). Milk becomes tainted when cows feed on this plant.

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    Myrsiphyllum volubile can be distinguished from M. kraussianum by its softer phylloclades, which are rounded at the base and do not show a midrib.

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    Morphology

    Scandent shrublet to 1 m. Cladodes narrowly elliptic, several-veined. Flowers nodding, solitary in axils, tepals fused below, filaments straight.

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    Scandent with wiry twisted stems and short leafy branches, c. 1-1.5 m tall, often with a garlic scent. Rhizome terete, bearing swollen bulbous tubers c. 300-500 mm long, closely attached to it. Stems bearing short branches 40-80 mm long. Phylloclades broadly linear, abruptly acute above and below, c. 15-20 x 3 mm, without a distinct midrib, flat, soft, pale green. Flowers on short pedicels 4-5 mm long, articulation below perianth; tepals fused below, spreading above, c. 5 mm long, cream. Stamens with orange anthers, typical. Ovary ovoid; ovules 6 in each locule; style short. Berry not seen.

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    Scandent with wiry twisted stems and short leafy branches, ±1.0-1.5 m tall, often with a garlic scent. Rhizome terete, bearing swollen bulbous tubers ±300-500 mm long, closely attached to it. Stems bearing short branches 40-80 mm long. Phylloclades broadly linear, abruptly acute above and below, ±15-20 x 3 mm, without a distinct midrib, flat, soft, pale green. Flowers on short pedicels 4-5 mm long, articulation below perianth; tepals fused below, spreading above, ±5 mm long, cream. Stamens with orange anthers, typical. Ovary ovoid; ovules 15 cm each locule; style short. Berry not seen.

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    Habitat

    Coastal scrub or forests.

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    Fynbos, coastal scrub or in forest undergrowth.

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    In fynbos, coastal scrub or in forest undergrowth.

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    Distribution

    Citrusdal to E Cape.

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    South-eastern to north-eastern Cape.

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    Recorded from the southern to north-eastern Cape.

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      Bibliography

    • 1 Manning, JC; Goldblatt, P. 2012. Asparagaceae. 63 - 65. South African National Biodiversity Institute, Pretoria.
    • 2 Obermeyer, AA. 1984. Revision of the genus Myrsiphyllum Willd. Bothalia 15(1&2): 77 - 88.
    • 3 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.
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