||Protasparagus aethiopicus (L.)
Oberm.,Asparagus laetus Salisb.
|English / Trade Name
||Sprenger Asparagus, Foxtail Asparagus
|Vernacular /Local Name
||Up to 1800 m
||Bright red berry about 8 mm in diameter; 3 seeds per fruit.
||Very commonly used as an ornamental house-plant.
||Native to South Africa
||Bright green in colour and smooth in texture.
|Distribution in chandigarh
||Chandigarh Botanical Garden and Nature Park, Sector 29
||Whorled (leaves in groups of 3 or more along stem)
|Description of Species
||It is an evergreen perennial herb emerging from a crown of tuberous roots. It is a drooping, bushy plant usually only to 2-4 ft tall, and several feet wide, with stems stiff or spreading-arching. Larger branches usually bearing minute axillary spines. Branchlets (cladophylls) are flat, needle-like, light bright green, to 1 inch long, clustered at branch nodes. Leaves tiny, scale-like, at bases of branchlets. Flowers small, white or pinkish white, and fragrant. Fruit is a bright red berry about 8 mm in diameter; 3 seeds per fruit.
||Leaves are bright green, fern-like, with almost needle-like leaflets of up to eight in a cluster.