Asparagus denudatus (Kunth) Baker
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Morphology

Erect branching shrub, 1– 1.5 m high, leafless for most of the time; branches grooved or ridged, with spines 1.5– 2 mm long, glabrous.

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    Cladodes in fascicles of 2– 3, 6– 15 mm long (2– 4 mm long in South Africa).

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    Flowers solitary or in 2– 5 fascicles, axillary and terminal; bracts ovate, 2× 1 mm, obtuse at apex; pedicels 4– 7 mm long, articulated in the middle or below.

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    Tepals white, 2.5– 3.5× 1– 1.5 mm; ovary 2-locular with 3– 4 ovules in each locule.

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    Berry red or black, 4– 5 mm in diameter, 1-seeded.

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    Erect, much branched coppicing shrubs (chamaephytes), 1.0-1.5 m high, appearing almost 'leafless' at times, as the small cladodes are widely spaced and deciduous in late winter to December. Rhizome compact, woody, covered by acute cataphylls; roots terete, long. Stems several, old and young, bearing a few innocuous applanate spines near the base. Branches curving upwards with many widespreading branchlets. Cladode fascicles placed far apart on branchlets, with 2-4 filiform cladodes, cladodes 2-4 mm long, appearing after flowering (January to July), deciduous. Flowers 2-4, in apical umbels, on short bare branchlets with occasional flowers lower down; tepals 3 mm long, cream or white with a green median stripe; stalks ±4 mm, articulated in lower half. Stamens with yellow anthers. Ovary with ±6 ovules per locule; obovoid, dark; style short. Berry ±6 mm in diameter, red or greyish black. Flowering October to November; in fruit December; with cladodes January to June.

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    Shrub, up to 1.5 m high. Roots terete. Stems longitudinally striate when young, branches recurving. Spines only on main branches. Cladodes 2-4 mm long, absent at anthesis, appearing Jan.-Jul., deciduous. Flowers: in clusters of 2-4 at ends of short branches, some scattered along branches; Oct., Nov. Fruit a berry.

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    Habitat

    Usually in rocky situations, often on riverbanks.

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    Dry Grassland; Mesic Grassland; Zastron Moist Grassland. Rocky situations, riverbanks.

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    Distribution

    Recorded from south-eastern O.F.S., Lesotho and north eastern Cape.

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      Bibliography

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    Asparagaceae
    World Flora Online Data. 2017.
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    e-Flora of South Africa
    e-Flora of South Africa. v1.21. 2018. South African National Biodiversity Institute. http://ipt.sanbi.org.za/iptsanbi/resource?r=flora_descriptions&v=1.21
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    Plants Of the World Online Portal - FTEA
    https://www.kew.org/science/who-we-are-and-what-we-do/strategic-outputs-2020/plants-of-the-world-online
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    World Flora Online consortium
    http://www.worldfloraonline.org/organisation/WFO
    World Flora Online Data. 2018.
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