Asparagus scandens Thunb.

Prodr. Pl. Cap. 1: 66 (1794) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Herbs to 2 m high, with a short, branching rhizome. Cladodes linear-lanceolate, falcate, 3 per bract axil, unequal, 5–15 mm long, 0.5–1.5 mm wide. Flowers bisexual, pendent, 1–several in axils, 5–7 mm wide, white to pinkish white, petals and sepals spreading; stamens shorter than the perianth; ovary globose, c. 1 mm diam. Berry globular, 5–7 mm diam., red. Seed solitary, c 3 mm diam. Asparagus Fern. Flowers Aug.–Oct.

*DunT, *GipP, *Gold, *HSF, *OtP, *OtR, *VRiv, *WPro. An escaped garden ornamental which has become established in a few eastern Melbourne suburbs (e.g. Blackburn, Vermont, Selby) and at Phillip Is.

Asparagus declinatus differs from A. scandens in having the triads of cladodes in each bract axil more or less equal and in having a pale, bluish-grey berry.

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 (as Myrsiphyllum scandens (Thunb.) Oberm.).
Updated by: Andre Messina, 2014-09-24
Distribution map
life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Asparagales
family Asparagaceae
genus Asparagus
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Asparagus scandens in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Asparagus scandens in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Riverina present naturalised
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Otway Plain present naturalised
Goldfields present naturalised
Dundas Tablelands present naturalised
Wilsons Promontory present naturalised
Highlands-Southern Fall present naturalised
Otway Ranges present naturalised

State distribution

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South Australia
New South Wales