Flora of the Southeastern United States
2022 Edition


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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

Syn: = FNA26, K3, K4, WH3; ? Asparagus densiflorus – Bah, misapplied

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image of plant© Keith Bradley
image of plant© Keith Bradley
image of plant© Keith Bradley