Asparagus declinatus L.

Bridal Veil

Sp. Pl. 1: 313 (1753) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Extinct

Establishment means:Introduced

Climbing herb to c. 1 m high, with a branching rhizome producing clusters of tubers. Cladodes finely acicular, apiculate, 3 per bract axil, ± equal, 3–9 mm long, c. 0.5 mm wide. Flowers bisexual, solitary in axil, 5–8 mm wide, greenish white, segments apically reflexed, overlapping basally to form a short tube; stamens shorter than the perianth; ovary 1.5 mm long. Berry ovoid, c. 12 mm diam, pale bluish grey. Seeds 3–9, 2.5–3.5 mm long.

Also naturalised WA, SA. Native to South Africa.

Asparagus declinatus is an aggressive weed in South Australia. In Victoria, it has been recorded near Horsham. It is believed that these populations have been eradicated (Lawrie 2006). However, it is possible that plants will disperse back into western Victoria from populations in South Australia that occur near the border.

Created by: Andre Messina, 2014-09-24
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-08-21

Lawrie, S.L. (2006). Summary of a bridal veil (Asparagus declinatus L.) workshop for South Australian regional groups, Plant Protection Quarterly 21(3): 126-127.

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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 declinatus in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Asparagus declinatus in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Wimmera extinct introduced

State distribution

Distribution map
Western Australia
South Australia