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Asparagus densiflorus (Sprenger's asparagus fern)

Synonyms: Asparagopsis densiflora; Asparagus myriocladus; Asparagus sarmentosus var. comatus; Asparagus sarmentosus var. densiflorus; Protasparagus densiflorus

Wikipedia Abstract

Asparagus densiflorus (asparagus fern, plume asparagus, foxtail fern) is an evergreen perennial plant, closely related to the vegetable asparagus, and native to southern Africa from Mozambique to South Africa. A. densiflorus has been confused with A. aethiopicus, Sprenger's asparagus, now regarded as a separate species, so that information under the name A. densiflorus will often refer to A. aethiopicus. As it cannot tolerate frost, in temperate regions A.
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Invasive Species

Asparagus densiflorus, commonly known as asparagus fern, is not a true fern. It reproduces by seed. A. densiflorus is known to invade a variety of habitats, and its impacts include smothering of forest understory and ground cover and preventing the regeneration of canopy species.
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Attributes

Lifespan [1]  Perennial
Structure [1]  Shrub

Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Everglades and Dry Tortugas Biosphere Reserve   Florida, United States  

Predators

Aphis nasturtii (buckthorn aphid)[2]
Aspidiotus nerii (ivy scale)[2]
Callopistria floridensis (Florida fern caterpillar)[3]
Maconellicoccus hirsutus (pink hibiscus mealybug)[4]
Myzus ascalonicus (Shallot aphid)[2]
Nipaecoccus viridis (karoo thorn mealybug)[4]
Saissetia coffeae (brown scale)[2]

Distribution

Mozambique (Inhaca Is.) to S. Africa; S. Africa;

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Citations

Species recognized by Govaerts R., 2004-07-09, in Catalog of Life 2011
Attributes / relations provided by 1USDA Plants Database, U. S. Department of Agriculture 2Biological Records Centre Database of Insects and their Food Plants 3HOSTS - a Database of the World's Lepidopteran Hostplants Gaden S. Robinson, Phillip R. Ackery, Ian J. Kitching, George W. Beccaloni AND Luis M. Hernández 4Ben-Dov, Y., Miller, D.R. & Gibson, G.A.P. ScaleNet 4 November 2009
Invasive Status provided by Global Invasive Species Database Downloaded on 10 May 2011.
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