Asparagus Fern
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Asparagus Fern
ntroduced Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Asparagus Fern, Sprenger Asparagus, Foxtail Asparagus
Botanical name: Asparagus densiflorus    Family: Asparagaceae (Asparagus family)
Synonyms: Asparagus sprengeri, Asparagus myriocladus

Asparagus Fern is a weed native to South Africa, which is very commonly used as an ornamental house-plant. It is an evergreen perennial herb emerging from a crown of tuberous roots. It is a drooping, bushy plant usually only to 2-4 ft tall, and several feet wide, with stems stiff or spreading-arching. Larger branches usually bearing minute axillary spines. Branchlets (cladophylls) are flat, needle-like, light bright green, to 1 inch long, clustered at branch nodes. Leaves tiny, scale-like, at bases of branchlets. Flowers small, white or pinkish white, and fragrant. Fruit is a bright red berry about 8 mm in diameter; 3 seeds per fruit.

Identification credit: Shaista Ahmad Photographed in Delhi & Imphal.

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