Asparagus aethiopicus ‘Sprengeri’, Fam. Asparagaceae
Wiry climbing or sprawling perennial with many arching stems 2-5m long, armed with recurved spines, less than 5mm long, tuberous roots that don’t reproduce.
Restricted invasive plants Category 3
Plants declared invasive under the Biosecurity Act 2014, that are present in QLD. Not to be distributed or disposed of.
|Form or habit:||Vine (Climbing, Twining or groundcover)|
Reduced to scales. Cladodes (slender or leaf-like structures that function as leaves) are present in axils of the scale-leaves. Cladodes 2-5, narrow elliptic to linear, 15-25 x 2-3mm
|Flower description:||Tiny, white to pinkish, 3-4mm long, borne on 4-10mm long racemes|
|Fruit description:||Small, fleshy, red, one-seeded berries, about 5-8 mm diameter. Seeds small round and black.|
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|Notes:||Spread by: birds, garden waste and water; underground rhizomes. Invades/threats: natural areas ‘anywhere’, highly invasive with severe impact. Notes: introduced as garden ornamentals. A third declared species, climbing asparagus fern (Asparagus africanus) has not been recorded in this region. Native asparagus fern (A. racemosa), is a local species that has 2-5 cladodes, 10-30 x <1mm. Asparagus fern is a Category 3 restricted invasive plant under the Biosecurity Act 2014. It must not be given away, sold, or released into the environment without a permit. The Act requires everyone to take all reasonable and practical steps to minimise the risks associated with invasive plants and animals under their control. This is called a general biosecurity obligation (GBO).|
|Information sources:||Mackay Regional Pest Management Group (2018) Weeds of the Mackay Whitsunday Region Second Edition.|