Asparagus aethiopicus

Family Asparagaceae

Species Profile

Species classification Invasive [Weeds of National Significance; NSW's Noxious Weeds]
Common namesAsparagus Fern, Basket Fern, Bushy Asparagus, Emerald Asparagus, Ground Asparagus, Sprengi's Fern
SynonymsAsparagopsis densiflora auct. non Kunth; Asparagus aethiopicus 'Sprengeri'; Asparagus densiflorus auct. non (Kunth) Jessop; Asparagus densiflorus 'Meyers'; Asparagus sprengeri Regel; Protasparagus aethiopicus (L.) Oberm.; Protasparagus densiflorus (Kunth) Oberm
Growth formShrub
Seed dispersal morphologyFleshy fruit/Edible/Aril
Maximum height (m)1
Capable of vegetative reproductionYes
Native rangeAfrica
Exotic range (Australia)NSW, QLD, SA, VIC, WA, Christmas Island, Lord Howe Island, Norfolk Island
Exotic range (other)Asia, North America, Oceania, Indian Ocean Islands, Pacific Ocean Islands, West Indes
Habitat types (exotic)Bushland, Coastal vegetation/sand dunes, Forest, Riparian systems, Roadsides, Urban areas, gardens and parks, Woodlands
Soil type (exotic)Infertile - low fertility, Sandy
Decade of introduction1890

National Climate Change Impact

Invasive Class 3

The area of suitable habitat and the habitat suitability of observations, for this species, are projected to decrease or remain the same under RCP 8.5 2065 compared to current climate suitability.

Maps of Habitat Suitability & Recorded Occurrences

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Current suitable habitat

2035 suitable habitat
(RCP 8.5)

2065 suitable habitat
(RCP 8.5)

Recorded occurrences

Recorded occurrences


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