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Asparagus aethiopicus

Sprenger's asparagus-fern

Synonym(s): Asparagus densiflorus

Not native to Florida


Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council: Category I designation

This plant is an invasive exotic that is altering native plant communities by displacing native species, changing community structures or ecological functions, or hybridizing with natives.
This species should never be planted (many with this designation are prohibited by law), and generally should be removed whenever possible.

Volusia Co. FL 04/17/20
Volusia Co. FL 04/17/20
Volusia Co. FL 04/17/20
Volusia Co. FL 04/17/20
Volusia Co. FL 04/17/20
Volusia Co. FL 04/17/20

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This plant is native to South Africa.
The common name is in honor of Carl Ludwig Sprenger(1846-1917), a German botanist who lived and worked much of his life in Naples(Italy, not Florida) where he was a partner in a horticultural house. Sprenger popularized this plant as an ornamental in Europe.

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Asparagus aethiopicus is a member of the Asparagaceae - Asparagus family.


Date record last modified: May 19, 2020


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