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*Asparagus aethiopicus Linnaeus. Sprenger’s Asparagus-fern, Emerald-fern. Hab: Disturbed areas, seeding down especially around plantings, especially commonly planted in coastal areas; sometimes epiphytic in palm boots. Dist: Native of s. Africa. Found in SC by R. Stalter (pers. comm. 2009). Kunzer et al. (2009) report several locations for Panhandle FL. Naturalization along the southeastern US coast from se. NC south to s. FL, and west to TAM is also documented on iNaturalist and in Bradley et al. [in prep].

Origin/Endemic status: Subsaharan Africa

Other Comments: This species has small axillary spines.

Synonymy: = FNA26, K3, K4, WH3; = n/a – RAB, S, S13; ? Asparagus densiflorus (Kunth) Jessop – Bah, misapplied; ? Asparagus sprengeri Regel

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image of plant© Keith Bradley | Original Image ⭷
image of plant© Alan Weakley source | Original Image ⭷
image of plant© Keith Bradley | Original Image ⭷
image of plant© Keith Bradley | Original Image ⭷
image of plant© Alan Weakley source | Original Image ⭷
image of plant© Alan Weakley source | Original Image ⭷
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