Observed along the road to Insinya, Kajiado, Kenya. Dec. 2015. Habitat was short grazed grassland on seasonally wet black cotton soil.
The woody stems with very stout, recurved spines, form impenetrable thickets which grazing animals like goats and cattle find difficult to penetrate. Small white flowers followed by red berry-like fruit should follow, but were not seen on the plants in December. New tender shoots are used as a vegetable after boiling.
Asparagaceae -- Asparagas Family
Kenya Natural History
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