Asparagus plumosus Baker

J. Linn. Soc. Bot. 14: 613 (1875) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Climber to c. 5 m high, with a short, branching rhizome. Lateral branches spreading more or less horizontally. Cladodes acicular-linear, many per bract axil, 4–7 mm long, 0.5 mm wide. Flowers bisexual, 5–7 mm wide, white to pale green. Anthers shorter than the perianth. Ovary c. 2 mm diam. Berry globular, 4–5 mm diam., black. Seed solitary, 3–4 mm diam. Climbing Asparagus Fern. Flowers Sep.–Mar.

*GipP, *HSF, *WaP. Native to southern Africa. A commonly cultivated climber, as an indoor plant or as a cover for fences, trellises, etc, and persisting in old garden sites.

Created by: Andre Messina, 2014-09-23
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


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

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