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Taxon: Asparagus aethiopicus L.

Genus: Asparagus
Family: Asparagaceae subfamily: Asparagoideae. Also placed in: Liliaceae
Nomen number: 446667
Place of publication: Mant. pl. 1:63. 1767
Typification: View record from Linnaean Plant Name Typification Project of the Natural History Museum of London.
Name verified on: 08-Jul-2004 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last updated: 01-Sep-2004
No species priority site assigned.


Common names:

  • asparagus-fern   (Source: F Aust 49:505. 1994) – English
  • emerald-feather   (Source: Hortus 3 ) – English
  • emerald-fern   (Source: F NAmer ) – English
  • Sprenger's-fern   (Source: Pl Prot Quart 21:128) – English
  • sprengeris-fern   (Source: Noxweed Aust [as A. densiflorus]) – English
  • fei zhou tian men dong   (Source: F ChinaEng [as A. densiflorus]) – Transcribed Chinese
  • asperge de Sprenger   (Source: L Noms French ed7 [as A. densiflorus]) – French
  • Sprengers Zier-Spargel   (Source: Zander Ency [as A. densiflorus]) – German
  • natalsparris   (Source: Vara kulturvaxt namn [as A. densiflorus]) – Swedish

Economic importance:

  • Environmental: ornamental   (fide F Ethiop)
  • Weed: potential seed contaminant   (fide Pl Protect Quart. 11(2):49-50. 1996, as A. densiflorus; F Aust 49:505. 1994)

Distributional range:

    Southern Africa: South Africa - Eastern Cape, North West, Northern Cape, Western Cape

      Naturalized: (links to other web resources are provided for some distributions)
    Macaronesia: Portugal - Madeira Islands
    Australia: Australia
    New Zealand: New Zealand
    Southeastern U.S.A.: United States - Florida
    North-Central Pacific: United States - Hawaii
    Caribbean: West Indies
    Western South America: Ecuador - Galapagos Islands
    Southern South America: Argentina; Uruguay

    Northeast Tropical Africa: Ethiopia
    Australia: Australia


  • Flora of Australia. Online version.
  • Batchelor, K. L. & J. K. Scott. 2006. Review of the current taxonomic status and authorship for Asparagus weeds in Australia. Pl. Protect. Quart. 21:128.
  • Demilly, D. et al. 1996. Liste alphabétique des principales espèces de plantes cultivées et de mauvaises herbes. Noms latins et noms français, ed. 6. [= A. densiflorus].
  • Dyer, R. A. et al., eds. 1963–. Flora of southern Africa. [= Protasparagus aethiopicus (L.) Oberm.].
  • FNA Editorial Committee. 1993–. Flora of North America.
  • George, A. S., ed. 1994. Flora of Australia. 49:504–505.
  • Germishuizen, G. & N. L. Meyer, eds. 2003. Plants of southern Africa: an annotated checklist. Strelitzia 14.
  • Green, P. S. 1986. The correct name for Asparagus sprengeri. Plantsman 7:249–250.
  • Hedberg, I. & S. Edwards. 1989–. Flora of Ethiopia. (and Eritrea. 2000)
  • Keighery, G. 1996. Native, naturalized and cultivated Asparagaceae in Western Australia. Pl. Protect. Quart. 11(2):49–50.
  • Parsons, W. T. & E. G. Cuthbertson. 1992. Noxious weeds of Australia. [= A. densiflorus].
  • Porcher, M. H. et al. Searchable World Wide Web Multilingual Multiscript Plant Name Database (MMPND) (on-line resource).


Check other web resources for Asparagus aethiopicus L.:

  • Flora of North America: Collaborative Floristic Effort of North American Botanists
  • PLANTS: USDA-NRCS Database of Plants of the United States and its Territories
  • BONAP: North American Plant Atlas of the Biota of North America Program
  • Flora del Conosur: Catálogo de las Plantas Vasculares del Conosur
  • AVH: Australia's Virtual Herbarium
  • ABRS: Australian Biological Resources Study Flora of Australia online
  • SIBIS: South African National Biodiversity Institute's (SANBI) Integrated Biodiversity System
  • TROPICOS: Nomenclatural and Specimen Database of the Missouri Botanical Garden
  • ePIC: Electronic Plant Information Centre of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • AGRICOLA: Article Citation Database or NAL Catalog of USDA's National Agricultural Library
  • Entrez: NCBI's search engine for PubMed citations, GenBank sequences, etc.

Check other web resources for images:

  • Google Images Note: Be advised that their identity may be inaccurate. Proper identification of a plant may require specialized taxonomic knowledge or comparison with properly documented herbarium material.

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USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program.
Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN) [Online Database].
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland.
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