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Family Asparagaceae

Description: Shrubs or vines with prickly or smooth stems that persist or wither annually; roots fibrous, sometimes tuberous.

Leaves alternate, reduced to scales and subtending leaf-like cladodes; stipules absent.

Inflorescence axillary or terminal, flowers solitary, clustered or in umbels or panicles. Flowers actinomorphic, 3-merous, pedunculate, bisexual or unisexual and then plants dioecious. Tepals 6, in 2 whorls, free or fused basally. Stamens 6; filaments free or fused basally; anthers basifixed, 2-locular, introrse, dehiscing by longitudinal slits. Ovary superior, 3-locular; ovules usually 2–12 per loculus; style short; stigma 3-lobed or unlobed.

Fruit a berry; seeds 1-numerous, usually black, shining.


Habitat
Photo T.M. Tame

Flower
Photo J. R. Hosking

Fruit
Photo J. R. Hosking

Distribution and occurrence:

External links:
Angiosperm Phylogeny Website (Family: Asparagaceae, Order: Asparagales)
Wikipedia

These genera were often included in the Liliaceae s. lat. The family Asparagaceae is treated now in a much broader sense by most authors (not yet implemented here).

One genus in NSW: Asparagus

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