Asparagus plumosus

Family Asparagaceae

Species Profile

Species classification Invasive [Weeds of National Significance; NSW's Noxious Weeds]
Common namesAsparagus-fern, Climbing Asparagus-fern, Ferny Asparagus, Lace-fern
SynonymsAsparagus plumosus var. nanus Hort.; Asparagus setaceus (Kunth) Jessop; Protasparagus plumosus (Baker) Oberm.; Protasparagus setaceus (Kunth) Oberm
Growth formVine/scrambler/climber
Seed dispersal morphologyFleshy fruit/Edible/Aril
Maximum height (m)5
Capable of vegetative reproductionYes
Native rangeSouthern and eastern Africa
Exotic range (Australia)NSW, QLD, SA, VIC, WA, Lord Howe Island, Norfolk Island
Exotic range (other) Indian Ocean Islands, North America, Oceania, Pacific Ocean Islands, South America
Habitat types (exotic)Bushland, Disturbed areas (including trails), Forest, Roadsides, Urban areas, gardens and parks, Woodlands
Soil type (exotic)Information unavailable
Decade of introduction1880

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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