Vascular – Exotic
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Terrestrial. Found in lowland and coastal forest, shrublands, mature broadleaf/podocarp forests especially those of light to moderate shade, streams, coastal areas, shrublands, epiphytic niches, roadsides, gravel pits/quarries, farm hedges, house gardens and wasteland areas. Can infest unmodified and fully intact forest.
Slender scrambling or climbing perennial. Tuberous roots. Stems 2-4 m long, green and much branched at the top, thin and wiry. Leaves are flat cladodes (resembling miro), usually in threes at each node, 5-15 mm x 1-1.5 mm. Flowers tiny, whitish, Sep-Dec. Round berry, 8 mm diam, green turning orange-red, Oct-Feb, with 1-2 seeds.
Leaf-like cladodes in flat planes separate A. scandens from other asparagus species in NZ.
September, October, November, December
January, May, August (Timmins & MacKenzie 1995).
trop & S Africa
asparagus: An old Greek name for this plant possibly derived from a- (an intensifier) and sparasso ‘to tear’, referring to the prickles of some species
scandens: Climbing; from the Latin scandere; groth habit
Reason For Introduction
Life Cycle Comments
Perennial. The flower is hermaphrodite (Timmins & MacKenzie 1995).
Reproduces from seed and vegetatively by the transport of tuberous roots.
Seed is produced.
Seed is dispersed by birds. Tubers spread by soil movement, garden dumping and human activity.
Tolerant to heavy shade, but matures and fruits in moderate shade to full light. Wide range of moisture tolerance. Tubers resprout in response to physical damage.