Bush Aparagas

Asparagus africanus

Asparagas africanus photo © by Michael Plagens

Observed near Olorgasailie along the road to Magadi, Kenya. Dec. 2015.

Woody shrub from one to two meters tall and wide. African Asparagus is well adapted to hot conditions and intermittent drought. The succulent leaves are linear, similar to pine-needle. This morphology maximizes dissipation of heat. With extended drought leaves are deciduous. Flowers have six white-green tepals, are about 7mm in diameter, and set in interrupted spikes. Fruit mature to red berries.

Asparagus africanus, photo © Michael Plagens

Asparagaceae -- Asparagus Family

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Kenya Natural History

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