Asparagus macowanii Baker
  • J. Linn. Soc., Bot.


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Morphology

Erect, glabrous shrub, up to 2 m high. Stems and branches smooth, glabrous. Flowers many, erect in each dense cladode fascicle; white.

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    Erect, glabrous shrub 1-2 m high, seeking support when very tall. Rhizome woody with many swollen main roots clustered around it. Stems smooth with short recurved spines below, spines suppressed above. Branches 1-several from an enlarged node, spreading, bearing numerous short branchlets terminating in globose cladode fascicles (often from twin buds). Cladodes ±127 cm a fascicle, more or less equal in size, ±15 mm long, deciduous, surrounded at base by 2 or 3 ovate, membranous bracts, pale green. Flowers profuse, in fascicles on young branches, usually appearing before cladodes are fully developed; tepals oblong, ±3 mm long, white; stalk ±5 mm long, articulated in lower half. Stamens with linear filaments and yellow anthers. Ovary with ±4 ovules in each locule; attenuate below; style and stigmas short. Berry probably ±12 mm in diameter.

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    Erect or scandent, spiny shrub to 2 m, stems with hooked spines below. Cladodes to 50 in fascicles. Flowers many in fascicles on young branches, tepals and filaments spreading.

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    Habitat

    Near rivers or in shady, moist places.

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    Near rivers or in shady moist places.

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    Moist sites often near rivers.

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    Distribution

    Recorded from southern and eastern Cape, Natal (common in the Hlabisa district) and eastern Transvaal; also in Mozambique.

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    Knysna to Mozambique.

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      Bibliography

    • 1 Herman, PPJ; Retief, E. 1997. Plants of thenorthern provinces of South Africa: keys and diagnostic characters. Strelitzia 6: 1 - 681. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
    • 2 Immelman, KL; Obermeyer, AA. 1992. Dracaenaceae, Asparagaceae, Luzuriagaceae and Smilacaceae: 1. Protasparagus. In: O.A. Leistner (ed.). Fl. S. Africa 5(3): 11 - 70. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
    • 3 J. Linn. Soc., Bot.
    • 4 Manning, JC; Goldblatt, P. 2012. Asparagaceae. 63 - 65. South African National Biodiversity Institute, Pretoria.

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