Key to Tasmanian Dicots
Asparagus (Asparagaceae [formerly part of Liliaceae]) 4b:370
Tasmania has three introduced species of Asparagus. These are much branched, erect or scrambling herbs with photosynthetic stems and leaves reduced to cladodes - in A. asparagoides these cladodes are leaf-like, but in the other species they are very fine and narrow; giving the species a fern-like appearance. The flowers are small, white and occur in the leaf axils. The fruit is small and fleshy (often reddish).

Asparagus was once considered to be part of Liliaceae, which was a very artificial grouping of plants and has therefore been splintered in numerous families. To see the fates of the other Tasmanian genera formerly in Liliaceae click here.


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