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Asparagus acutifolius

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Kingdom  Plantae
Family  Asparagaceae
Scientific name  Asparagus acutifolius
Order  Asparagales
Genus  Asparagus
Rank  Species
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Similar  Smilax aspera, Asparagus albus, Butcher's‑broom, Rhamnus alaternus, Asparagus

Asparagus acutifolius


Asparagus acutifolius, common name wild asparagus, is an evergreen perennial plant belonging to the genus Asparagus. The Latin name acutifolius of this species, meaning "thorny leaves", derives from the characteristic shape of the leaves, a quite common feature in the typical plants of the Mediterranean.

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Description

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Asparagus acutifolius reaches on average 30–70 centimetres (12–28 in) of height. The stems have much-branched feathery foliage. The "leaves" are in fact needle-like modified stems. The flowers are bell-shaped and in small clusters, greenish-white to yellowish, 4.5–5.5 millimetres (0.18–0.22 in) long. The flowers are dioecious (on each plant they are only male or female). In some Mediterranean regions flowering occurs in late Summer from August through September, often after heavy storms. In this case the small green berries, of 5–6 millimetres (0.20–0.24 in) in diameter, are fully ripe in winter.

Distribution

This species is present throughout the Mediterranean Basin.

Habitat

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These plants grow near woods and in uncultivated places, on dry and sunny soil. They can be found at an altitude of 0–1,300 metres (0–4,265 ft) above sea level.

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References

Asparagus acutifolius Wikipedia


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