Asparagus officinalis L.

Asparagus

Sp. Pl. 313 (1753) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Dioecious herbs to 1.5 m high, with a short, branching rhizome. Cladodes linear-filiform, 3 per bract axil, 5–30 mm long, 0.5–1 mm wide. Flowers 4–8 mm wide, white to pale green; males with anthers shorter than the perianth and a rudimentary ovary; female flowers with rudimentary stamens and ovary 2–3 mm long. Berry globular, to 10 mm diam., red. Seeds 1-few, 3–4 mm long. Flowers Dec.–Feb.

*CVU, *DunT, *EGL, *EGU, *GipP, *Gold, *HNF, *HSF, *LoM, *MuF, *MuM, *MSB, *NIS, *OtP, *RobP, *VRiv, *VVP, *WaP, *Wim. Also naturalised in WA, SA, Qld, NSW. Native to Europe and western Asia. The edible Asparagus of cultivation. Generally occurring near watercourses or lakes (sometimes somewhat saline), mostly not far distant from land formerly or currently used for commercial or domestic asparagus production.

Source: Conran, J.G. (1994). Liliaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 2, Ferns and Allied Plants, Conifers and Monocotyledons. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Andre Messina, 2014-09-24
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Asparagales
family Asparagaceae
genus Asparagus
Higher taxa

Victoria

Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Asparagus officinalis in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Asparagus officinalis in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present naturalised
Murray Mallee present naturalised
Wimmera present naturalised
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Victorian Riverina present naturalised
Murray Scroll Belt present naturalised
Robinvale Plains present naturalised
Murray Fans present naturalised
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Otway Plain present naturalised
Warrnambool Plain present naturalised
Goldfields present naturalised
Central Victorian Uplands present naturalised
Dundas Tablelands present naturalised
Northern Inland Slopes present naturalised
East Gippsland Lowlands present naturalised
East Gippsland Uplands present introduced
Highlands-Southern Fall present naturalised
Highlands-Northern Fall present naturalised

State distribution

Distribution map
State
Western Australia
Northern Territory
South Australia
Queensland
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory
Victoria
Tasmania